Rotherham bin changes latest

Over the coming weeks, households across the borough will be seeing further changes to home bin collections. As we explained last August there are two stages to the council’s changes – last year saw the introduction of an all year round, paid for, garden waste collection service and stopped collections from the old blue bags. The second stage sees the introduction of collections of plastic for recycling, and means the end of the blue boxes. All collections will soon be taken from wheelie bins. As the council’s budget continues to be cut by the government, the new service will save money whilst also increasing the amount of waste that is recycled.

Early indications suggested before Christmas that the first phase of the changes had resulted in as much as 40% more paper and cardboard being recycled than at the same time during the previous year.

Before you make the change you will receive a letter through the post that explains what it means to you. Your collection day won’t change and household waste will still be collected every other week, but recycling collections will be less frequent: paper and cardboard will be collected one fortnight then glass, tins and plastic the next fortnight. Please check the calendar that comes with your letter closely so you know which bin to put out on which day.

You will be left a tag on your black bin (like the one pictured above) telling you when there is only one more ‘general waste’ collection from that bin. A fortnight later, when you receive your last collection, a sticker will be placed on the black bin reminding you to use it only for recycling glass, tins, cans, plastic bottles and plastic pots and containers going forward. On the same day you will receive a new bin with a pink lid, and from then on that pink lid bin should be used for all your general waste that can’t be recycled.

The council has produced the video above which explains what you can expect. You can also find more information about what can and cannot go in each bin after the changes on the council’s website here.

Overall the changes will mean that all households have more capacity for their rubbish than they have ever had, and it is important that we do what we can to ensure we are recycling whenever possible. However we know that some bigger households need more space for their general waste. If you live in a large household of five or more people, or you need extra bin space for medical reasons, special arrangements can be made. In the short term if you currently have a second general waste bin for these reasons you should continue to use it as you need to. The council will soon be writing to households that are known to have more than one general waste bin setting out the process for those bins to be registered so the extra collections can continue, and you can find more information here.

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Community speedwatch, Fleming Way

In our Big Survey residents told us that tackling speeding traffic was a top concern locally, so we have been working with our local PCSOs to arrange community speedwatches and talking to residents about what can be done in their area.

Our next speedwatch will be on Fleming Way, close to the junction with Forrester Close, at 3pm on Tuesday 15th January.

Anyone who lives in the area is welcome to join us, help to monitor the speed of vehicles on the road, and let us know what you think.

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Merry Christmas!

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we don santa hats and distribute thousands of Christmas cards to households across the ward.

As ever, there are changes in opening times over Christmas. You can find details of changes to council services and emergency contact information by clicking here.

Our advice surgery that was scheduled for Christmas Eve has had to be cancelled because the venue is closed. But if you need to get hold of us over the festive season you can do so in all the usual ways.

You can find information about public transport over the festive period by clicking here.

Finally, bin collections are affected by the Bank Holidays. Households that would normally have a collection on Friday 28th December will instead have that collection on the following day, Saturday 29th. Equally, collections that would otherwise be expected on Friday 4th January will instead take place on Saturday 5th.

We wish all our residents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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New Sunnyside play area sign

This week we officially “unveiled” the new sign outside the children’s play area on Flanderwell Lane.

The designs were produced by pupils at Flanderwell Primary School. The sign has been funded through our delegated ward budget, supported by Dalton Parish Council. It replaces the old warn out signage that had been in place for years.

You can read more on our council ward news.

The new sign brightens up the area – thank you to the pupils for the brilliant artwork!

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Councillors toughen stance on HS2

At the council meeting earlier this month, councillors reiterated their opposition to the HS2 route between Birmingham and Leeds, which is planned to go through Bramley.

Rotherham Council has consistently argued that the previously proposed “Meadowhall route” would have meant a better deal – more and faster trains connecting to the heart of South Yorkshire, creating thousands of jobs locally.

In contrast, the government’s latest proposal will mean years of disruption during construction, with no tangible benefits to Rotherham.

Now councillors have urged the government to scrap the Birmingham – Leeds leg altogether and better use the money if they won’t revert to a route that works for Rotherham.

The motion agreed by councillors states;

This Council notes:-

· the recent developments and disclosures about the out of control and spiralling costs of HS2

· the need for improved links throughout the region to Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Hull.

· the ravaging impact of austerity on social services and the urgent need to increase spending on children and young people, adult social care and education.

This Council resolves:-

· to call on the Government to abandon the Leeds leg of the HS2 project immediately, thus saving Rotherham and South Yorkshire from the significant adverse environmental impact which will result

· to call on the Government to allocate the funding released from the abandonment of the Leeds leg to boost essential improvements to local transport infrastructure and the Northern Powerhouse

· to call on local MPs and the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region to support the Council and our communities by lobbying for the abandonment of the Leeds leg of the HS2 project.

– To continue to raise the concerns of local residents that affected by the amended route of HS2, and the disruption that will be caused during its construction.

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