Residents say emptying bins should be council’s top priority

PUBLISHED: 14:53 16 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 16 November 2018

Uttlesford District Council, Saffron Walden. Picture: SaffronPhoto

Uttlesford District Council, Saffron Walden. Picture: SaffronPhoto

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Emptying bins and running the recycling service remains the most important priority for Uttlesford District Council, according to residents who completed a recent survey.

The council spending budget survey for 2019-20 gave residents a selection of areas of council work and asked them whether they should be a high, medium or low priority.

The survey was run in the summer edition of the council’s magazine Uttlesford Life, online and via a telephone survey. In total almost 2,500 people took part – the highest number the council has received for a budget consultation.

Those who participated said that “emptying the bins and running the recycling service” was the service they felt should be the council’s highest priority. The next two highest priorities were “working with the police and other organisations to keep Uttlesford safe” and “sweeping the streets, litter picking, clearing fly-tips and emptying public litter and dog bins”.

Councillor Simon Howell, cabinet member for finance and administration, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the budget survey. Uttlesford delivers an enormous range of services for residents and businesses and the responses received will form an important part of how we approach the budget for 2019-20.”

All the survey results will now be reviewed by the council’s scrutiny committee on November 20 and then at cabinet on November 29 as part of the budget setting process. The budget for 2019-20 will be set by full council in February next year.

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