|Residents can benefit from free advice on staying warm and saving money on their fuel bills after Rugby Borough Council launched a new helpline.
The freephone number is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, thanks to a partnership with the charity Severn Wye Energy Agency. The project aims to support households who struggle with cold homes or who find it difficult to pay their energy bills.
Cllr Emma Crane, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for communities and homes, said: “With autumn setting in and the nights getting longer, now is the time to make sure you will be able to keep warm and well this winter.
“By following some straightforward tips it is possible to keep warm and reduce your bills, and some householders may be eligible for grants or heating upgrades.
“I’m very much hoping that the Warmer Rugby project will help residents keep warm, stay healthy and save money.”
Caroline Harmon, project manager for Severn Wye Energy Advice, said: “Small changes to how we heat and use our homes can improve energy efficiency, keeping the temperature up and costs down.
“Other residents will find that they will save money by switching energy supplier or applying for a Warm Home discount.
“Our friendly advisors can help residents explore all of their options and help take the first steps towards a warmer home.”
Residents can find out more by calling the free helpline on 0800 500 3076 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Rugby Borough Council propose to make a Public Spaces Protection Order to prevent anti-social behaviour arising from dog fouling and dogs being off leads in restricted areas in the borough identified in the order being satisfied that the effect, or likely effect, of the activities is to be:
- detrimental to the quality of life of residents
- persistent and continuing in nature
A copy of the proposed order can be viewed or downloaded here
Following the Borough Council’s approval for the new garden waste collection service they have compiled some web information that is now online at www.rugby.gov.uk/gardenwaste.
This information addresses most of the questions that have been seen on social media or that have been asked of the contact centre or through the website, and it is hoped you will find it useful when discussing the service with residents. However, feedback is welcomed, either on the clarity or consistency of the information or on information that could be added.
There are links to this web information from the recycling pages of the website and from the home page. It can also be found through the site search facility.
The Borough Council has now also confirmed that subscriptions will open on 6 March 2017, either through the weblink above, 24/7, or via (01788) 533332 between 9am and 5pm. They will accept card payments only. Credit cards will incur a 2.5 per cent surcharge, but debit cards will not incur any additional charges.
Social media, radio and newspaper advertising will start in the next few weeks, but in the meantime you may wish to “like” the council’s new facebook page at www.facebook.com/rugbyboroughcouncil.
The scheme will replace the existing green bin service which will end on 31 March, helping the council close a projected £800,000 shortfall in its medium term financial plan brought about by government changes to the way councils are funded. The savings will be achieved by a combination of income from the service, reducing the number of rounds, and more efficient collection routes.
Nearly half of all local authorities already charge or plan to charge for garden waste collection, which is not a service that councils have to provide.
Households that opt in to the new scheme will receive a sticker to place on their bin. This will entitle them to a fortnightly collection of garden waste year-round, except for a short break at Christmas or in exceptional circumstances such as persistent bad weather. Residents will be able to sign up for the service online or by telephone from the beginning of March.
Residents who choose not to opt-in for the service will be able to take garden waste to recycling centres or compost it at home. As now, black bins containing garden waste will not be emptied, allowing the county council to continue disposing of black bin waste at the incinerator in Coventry.
About thirty five per cent of black bin waste is food waste and this will continue to be accepted in the black bin, though residents will be encouraged to save money by wasting less food.
Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, said: “While no-one would choose to make this change, we have to set a balanced budget and this service will help us make the savings that we need over the next few years.
“The new service allows those residents who want a garden waste collection service to continue to have one while removing the financial burden from general taxation.
“The change also supports a key objective of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, which is to reduce the amount of waste collected, while providing valuable information for the partnership’s work stream on charging for garden waste collections.”
Details of the garden waste collection scheme will be sent to all residents in early March, and will be published online at www.rugby.gov.uk/gardenwaste as they become available.
RUGBY Borough Council will deliver waste collection calendars to all households next week (w/c 9 January 2017), outlining the council’s final changes to waste collection schedules that come into effect from w/c 23 January.
The calendars will be hand delivered by waste collection crews, and are also available to download from the council website.
Changes have been needed to make sure that every household had a black bin collection in the week before and after Christmas, and to make waste collection rounds more efficient in future.
The council first announced the changes at the beginning of October and delivered leaflets to every household by the beginning of December.
Blue-lid recycling bins will continue to be collected fortnightly, on residents’ normal collection weeks. Before the changes come into effect, black bins will be collected in weeks beginning 2 January and 16 January. From 23 January, residents should refer to their waste collection calendar for full details.
Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, said: “The changes to the Christmas waste collection schedule were publicised to all residents before Christmas – nevertheless they will have caused some disruption and inconvenience.
“It is important that residents look out for their new calendar and also continue to follow the schedule that was delivered to them and published on the council website – the schedule has not changed and we are continuing to collect rubbish and recycling as planned.
“This week (w/c 2 January) we will collect black bin waste from all households, and the blue bin collections are continuing fortnightly. If you didn’t have a blue bin collection last week you will be due one this week.”
More information on changes to the waste collection schedule can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/recycling.
Green bin waste collections will restart immediately after planned changes to waste collection rounds are completed, thanks to an innovative partnership agreement between Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council.
All households will receive a collection in the weeks beginning 23 or 30 January – depending on their collection round – which is around a month earlier than planned. The council will deliver waste collection calendars to residents in the week beginning 9 January 2017.
The agreement follows discussions between the authorities led by the borough council’s cross-party Waste Management Services working party, a meeting of which was attended by county council representatives earlier this month (December).
Green bin collections were suspended by Rugby Borough Council so that every household could have black refuse collections over the Christmas period, and to allow the council to reconfigure waste collection rounds to make them more efficient.
The agreement will see Warwickshire County Council provide a partnership grant of £25,000 to fund some of the changes, giving Rugby Borough Council sufficient funding to restart green bin collections earlier.
Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, and chair of the cross-party Waste Management Services working party, said: “I would like to thank Warwickshire County Council’s representatives for their contribution to the working party, and in particular for recognising the long-term benefits of remodelling our waste collection rounds during the suspension period.
“This agreement demonstrates that the working party is able to make a real difference to services that affect residents, and I would urge all councillors to support its work.”
Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for environment and Chair of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, said: “It is fantastic that, through effective partnership working arrangements, Rugby’s green waste collection can continue after the festive period.
“Encouraging residents to put their food waste in their green wheeled bin instead of their dustbin has been generating huge savings in disposal costs since it was introduced and there is the potential to save another £1 million a year across Warwickshire.”
More information on waste collection schedules is available at www.rugby.gov.uk/recycling.
Food waste and garden waste should be placed in the green bin until collections restart, or garden waste can be composted or taken to one of the Warwickshire County Council-run tips. Black bins containing garden waste will not be emptied.
The borough council’s Waste Management Services working party will make recommendations on future changes to waste management services, including the possibility of charging for garden waste collections, in time for all councillors to consider when setting the council’s budget for the next financial year.
The additional collection is needed to make sure that every household has a black bin collection in both the week before and the week after Christmas.
The black bin is for general waste that cannot be composted or recycled. Food waste that cannot be composted, such as meat and bones, can be placed in the black bin, but the council will not empty bins containing garden waste.
Garden waste can be composted at home, kept until green bin collections restart, or taken to one of the Warwickshire County Council-run tips.
Black bins will be collected in weeks beginning 12 December, 19 December, 2 January and 16 January. Blue-lid recycling bins will continue to be collected fortnightly, on residents’ normal collection weeks.
Further changes to the black bin collection schedule come into effect for some residents during week beginning 23 January, and affected residents will be notified in the week beginning 9 January.
More information on changes to the Christmas waste collection schedule can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/recycling, where residents can check their own personal schedule using the postcode search.
RUGBY Borough Council offices will close at 5pm on Friday 23 December and will reopen at 9am on Thursday 29 December 2016. The offices will also be closed on Monday 2 January 2017, reopening at 9am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
Information on Christmas bin collections can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/recycling. For emergency out of hours services residents should call (01788) 533533 and follow the recorded instructions.
The World Rugby Hall of Fame and the Visitor Centre will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve and will reopen at 10am on Tuesday 27 December. Both will be closed on New Year’s Day. Free entry to the World Rugby Hall of Fame can be booked in advance at www.therugbytown.co.uk/halloffame.
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve. It will be open between 10am and 4pm on 29, 30 and 31 December, before reopening at 10am on 3 January 2017. More information on current exhibitions is at www.ragm.co.uk.
The consultation will now last until 5pm on Wednesday 11 January 2017.
If you have already made representation, this will be taken into account, and you do not have to make representation again. For more information please follow this link to Rugby Borough Councils website
Rugby Borough Council has announced it is making changes to its refuse collection system – including the suspension of the green bin collection for 3 months. This means that the last green bin collection will take place during the week beginning 5 December 2016.
For full details please visit the Rugby Borough Council website
The Borough Council are also running a survey on the future of the green waste collection.