First the good news: Birmingham Council has been given £29 million from the Liberal Democrat coalition government under the Weekly Collection Support Scheme for household refuse. This is the same coalition government that Labour consistently blames for not being able to run the city of Birmingham efficiently because it won't give it any money!
The bad news is that Labour has voted to use the money to introduce wheelie-bins for refuse collection and recycling without carrying out a full and proper consultation with residents. Liberal Democrats across the city are therefore backing their local residents who seem overwhelmingly to oppose the imposition of the wheelie-bins. While welcoming the receipt of government money, led by the Liberal Democrats, Yardley District Committee have asked the council to note they want Yardley to be a wheelie-bin free zone. In Perry Barr the local Lib Dem team have carried out a survey of the area and found that most of it is physically unsuitable for the use of wheeled bins and that local residents rejected the wheelie-bin plan by about 10 to 1.
Former Lib Dem councillor Ann Holtom is currently conducting a similar survey of residents in Tyburn Ward. Initial returns indicate great hostility to the introduction of Labour's wheelie bins. Local Liberal Democrats will therefore be urging the council to ask every resident if they can manage the proposed three bins, make satisfactory alternative arrangements for those who don't think they will be able to cope and to promise any residents who qualify for formal exemption (say on health grounds) that they will not be lumbered with a second-class refuse collection service.