Christmas and New Year waste collections

Collection days for your general waste, dry recycling, garden, textiles and food waste over the Christmas and New Year period for 2015/16.

 

 

Things to remember

– Leave your rubbish out for collection by 6am on the revised collection day.

– Leave your rubbish near your front gate, but not on the pavement.

– Place your food bin with your garden waste at your property boundary for collection.

– Leave the textile recycling (purple sack) tied up ready with your other dry recycling.

– To avoid refuse sacks being split open by animals we recommend the use of regular domestic dustbins (not wheeled bins)

If you have any queries please call the council’s contact centre on 01895 556000.

Recycle your Christmas tree
Christmas trees can be recycled for free as part of the weekly garden waste collection service. Cut into pieces of less than three feet.

Flightpath consultation must come before runway decision

The Prime Minister has been warned that signalling Government support for a third Heathrow runway would be unlawful unless the new flightpaths needed to operate the landing strip are first subject to public consultation.

The warning comes from the leaders of Hillingdon, Richmond and Wandsworth councils who have written to Mr Cameron to highlight a series of flaws and omissions in the Airports Commission’s final report on aviation capacity.
 
They point out that by law, changes to London’s airspace require open consultation so a decision to expand Heathrow would pre-empt this statutory process.  Approving a runway clearly infers the associated flightpaths will also be approved.
 
David Cameron is now considering the commission’s dossier which recommends expanding Heathrow. Despite scrutinising the new runway proposal for over two years the commissioners failed to identify the location of its new flightpaths, nor carry out the necessary consultation.
 
Instead, the final report, which costs tax payers in the region of £25m,  asks ministers to approve a third runway at Heathrow without telling them where the planes will fly over London and the south east.
 
The local councils have now pointed out that the commission’s recommendation is pointing the Government down a legal cul-de-sac and has urged the PM to dismiss the report.
 
The letter concludes that the local authorities “reserve their rights to take whatever action is in their power to protect their residents and communities from the devastating impacts of a new runway at Heathrow.”
 
Leader of Hillingdon Council Ray Puddifoot said:
 
“Even the airports commission has to agree that runways need flightpaths. If you approve one you have to approve the other.
 
“It will be unlawful for any Government to approve a new runway without publishing detailed flightpath data so the communities affected can exercise their legal right to scrutinise the plans. This is a major obstacle that can’t be put off much longer.”
 
Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said:
 
“The law is very clear. Communities have to be consulted on air space changes and once those maps are finally published the backlash will completely change the course of this debate.
 
“It’s very hard to justify why a two year aviation investigation failed to unearth this key piece of information. We’ve made it very clear to the prime minister that the commission’s recommendation can’t be followed until it is out in the open for all to see.”