Garden waste collection charge to rise to £65 for Mid Sussex households

Mid Sussex District Council. Pic Steve Robards SR1521483 SUS-150809-224944001
Mid Sussex District Council. Pic Steve Robards SR1521483 SUS-150809-224944001

Households wanting their garden waste bins emptied by the council are set to pay an extra £5 a year.

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) is proposing an increase of 1.99 per cent to its element of council tax, the equivalent of £2.97 a year rise for Band D rated properties.

It is also looking to increase the charge of the optional garden waste collection scheme from £60 to £65 a year, while parking charges will be unchanged.

Meanwhile West Sussex County Council is proposing to increase its council tax precept by 3.95 per cent, which would be an extra £45.90 a year for a Band D home.

A spokesman for MSDC said: “The withdrawal of Revenue Support Grants means it is more important than ever for Mid Sussex District Council to become financially self-sufficient, so it is no longer dependent on government funding.

“The measures outlined in the 2016/17 Corporate Plan and Budget move the council much closer to financial independence, ensuring it will be in a significantly stronger position to tackle any further funding challenges.”

It has frozen its element of council tax for the last five years, but in that period the RSG from Government has fallen from £6.4m to £845,000. The council spokesman said they had strived to save money by controlling costs and working more efficiently.

But according to the council it is investing in both its three leisure centres, and the garden waste collection scheme to make the service available to an extra 4,000 households over the next three years, as well as putting aside £440,000 to ensure the future development of Burgess Hill is ‘carefully and positively managed’.

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