Over the next year or so the Borough Council will be giving serious thought as to what to do about Environmental Services. In 2011 Northampton Borough Council and Daventry District Council signed a seven year deal with Enterprise to run Environmental Services, which includes bin collections. Back in 2011 Labour opposed this privatisation saying it would not deliver a cleaner or greener town. I will let readers make up their own minds whether it has or not.
A cleaner and greener environment is better for public health and quality of life. Litter attracts all sorts of vermin. People in the area I represent are fed up to the back teeth of seeing fly tipping on their streets. People want to be proud of the area in which they live but when they continuous see piles of rubbish on the pavement and in parks they find this very difficult. As a borough councillor I spend good amount of my time reporting rubbish and fly tipping, as do my ward colleagues Muna Cali and Danielle Stone.
My Labour Group colleague, Rufia Ashraf has come up with the interesting idea of making a "Litter Free Zone" in St. James. It is based on the idea everyone working together can make a real difference. I would like to see every community eventually become a ‘Litter Free Zone’ including those in Castle Ward. The cuts in public spending haven't helped matters. For instance, there is no longer a universal free pest control service, bulky waste collection only a few years ago was free but now you have to pay and opening hours at our waste collection sites have been reduced.
So the Borough Council is now wondering what to do with Environmental Services when the present contract comes to an end. Now is the time to start thinking how we can all make our communities cleaner and greener.