Solihull Council responds to letter from Chairman on recycling

Our April 2008 newsletter highlights recycling in Knowle and the Chairman’s letter to the Council. The Council’s reply from Cabinet Member David Bell is published here.

LETTER TO SOLIHULL COUNCIL

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The Chairman’s email to Solihull Council was reported in The Knowle Society’s newsletter, of which an edited extract follows:

I have raised some questions, on behalf of The Knowle Society, of our Council for them to consider, these include:

1. How much longer must the villagers of Knowle have to put up with the debris and untidiness in the village caused by the plethora of recycling units which are despoiling the car parks and adjoining pavements in the village centre?

2. How many more valuable car park spaces are to be lost to the huge units having to be used for collecting the recycling waste?

3. It is understood that Solihull MBC intends to arrange for kerbside collections of waste for recycling. When is this likely to be implemented and in action?

It is known that Lichfield Council has an efficient recycling operation which could well repay study.

REPLY FROM SOLIHULL COUNCIL

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The reply to Mr G Masters, Chairman, Knowle Society, from Councillor David Bell, Cabinet Member for Community Services & the Environment follows:

Dear Mr Masters,

I am responding to your email dated 22nd February addressed to Councillor Meeson.

The Council has received numerous requests to extend our recycling facilities within the Knowle area as the demand for the service has increased dramatically over the last few months. The usage that the site enjoys from residents demonstrates its value to the local community. Knowle also benefits from a full time street cleansing operative who visits the site on a regular basis to ensure the area is kept clean and tidy.

The loss of car park spaces has been kept to a minimum to accommodate the recycling containers. The use of the site has proved popular with local people who often drop off their recycling items before going shopping. It is hoped that increased emptying of the units will mean we do not need extra containers at the site. We will review this on a regular basis.

Following the recent signing of our Strategic Environment Contract we are hoping to further expend the number and type of recyclable materials collected from the kerbside. However this is dependent on the affordability of any such scheme.

As part of our ongoing commitment to protecting the environment and increasing our options for recycling we are continually comparing our services with other authorities and looking to adopt best practice methods of both collection and disposal of our waste. Indeed Solihull has an excellent record in the amount of waste we send to landfill and it currently has one of the lowest pecentage tonnage figures in the country at 18%.

Yours sincerely

Councillor David Bell

Birmingham International Airport runway extension

Exhibition bus to be at Knowle and Dorridge.

An exhibition on the proposed airport runway extension is coming to Knowle and Dorridge and will be open to the public to visit on:

Thursday 29 Nov 2007 14.00-17.00 The Drum and Monkey, Bentley Heath

Thursday 29 Nov 2007 18.00-20.00 The Wilson\’s Arms (Toby Inn) Knowle