Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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Over 1,000 people sign Lib Dem petition to axe DIY waste charges

by willforster on 22 February, 2018

A petition set up by Lib Dems calling on Surrey County Council to axe its charges on residents disposing of DIY waste has attached over 1,000 signatures in just over 2 weeks.

The petition was set up after the Government, as part of a wider consultation on fly-tipping, stated that “The Government’s view is that residents should be able to dispose of household DIY waste free of charge” and “The Government will consider clarifying the law if councils continue to charge for disposal of reasonable amounts of DIY waste”.  Surrey Council introduced the unpopular charges, dubbed the ‘Tory Tip Tax’ in September 2016 and earlier in January this year ended the daily allowance for local residents to dispose of waste for free.

My Lib Dem colleagues and I are delighted that so many people have signed this important petition, but it is disappointing that the Conservative Cabinet at County Hall continues to charges residents for disposing of DIY waste.  At a Council meeting earlier this month, we challenge them on these charges but received no assurances that the County Council would be proactive and abolish these charges ahead of legislation of requiring them to do so.

Surrey County Council should not wait for the Government to force its hand, but instead put residents first and make it easier for them to do the right thing by announcing that these charges will be abolished immediately.  Finally, it is not too late to petition our petition – so if you have not signed it already, please do so here.

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