Three hundred threatened bin collections in Rossendale saved

Around half of rural households in Rossendale that faced losing their doorstep bin collections have been saved Rossendale council has said.

To cut costs, 668 rural properties were initially told they would have to take rubbish to local collection points.

Following feedback from residents, the council has abandoned the plans for 300 of the households.

The consultation period for the remaining 368 properties has been extended to mid-September.

A final decision for these properties, some of which have already started using the new system, will now be made by the council's cabinet in October.

'Fairly and correctly'

Christine Lamb, portfolio holder for environment at the Labour-run council, said: "It is important that we listen and take on board comments and feedback received from our residents.

"We want to do this fairly and therefore it is correct and proper to extend the consultation and enable Cabinet to reflect on the feedback received.

"We have decided to delay any further implementation of the changes until after the extended consultation closes in the middle of September and we have looked at all the issues raised in October."

The council planned to introduce large bin bags for car boots to help residents transport their rubbish to the collection points.

It hoped to save about £100,000 a year through the changes.

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