Opposition urge voters to bin Tories at the polls todayBy Lucy Allen
May 03, 2012
Wokingham's electorate will head to the polls today and reveal whether the borough’s new bin collection scheme has prompted them to trash the ruling Conservatives.
An across-the-board win for Liberal Democrats at Friday’s count will not be enough to defeat the Wokingham Conservatives’ majority on Wokingham Borough Council, however opposing parties have been campaigning hard to win votes based on mistakes made in the waste scheme roll-out.
Councillor Prue Bray, leader of Wokingham Liberal Democrats, claimed this week a survey of nearly 1,000 people in the borough showed most people are “unhappy” with the new waste and recycling scheme, which launched at the start of April.
Cllr Bray, whose seat is not up for re-election this year, said: “At the moment the Conservatives are not doing a good job running the council. They are taking people for granted and not listening.
“They have made several bad mistakes including the rubbish collection.”
She said the Lib Dems will continue to argue for concessions on the green bin scheme, which costs £60 annually per household for a wheelie bin, for pensioners and people on low incomes.
They will also argue for a more equal distribution of bags so that households get different numbers of bags depending on the number of people living there.
Conservative Cllr David Lee, leader of the council, said he accepted mistakes had been made in the waste collection scheme, however criticised the Lib Dems for not producing an alternative idea to tackle high landfill figures.
He said: “I think we have achieved a lot with the people of Wokingham. There have been complaints about waste, but we have already got a 10 per cent reduction in landfill.”
The Green Party, UKIP and Labour, as well as two independent candidates, are also hoping to win seats at this week’s elections.
The results of the council election will be revealed on this site as they are announced tomorrow.