Conservative councillor Vidhi Mohan has written to Labour's Stuart Collins after he revelaed at a Council meeting that he was considering scrapping the much-used free bulky waste collection service.
Cllr Collins, the Cabinet Member for 'Clean Green Croydon', introduced the policy in February 2018 after the Conservatives announced in January 2018 that it would form part of their manifesto for the May local elections. You can watch the announcements online. Less than five months later, Labour appear to be about to drop the service.
At the last Streets and Environment Scrutiny Sub-Committee meeting on 9th October, you stated that the newly introduced free bulky waste collection service was only intended as a ‘trial’, and that you were looking to review this policy based on how effective it was at reducing fly tipping.
At the last Council election, the Conservative Manifesto pledged to introduce a free bulky waste collection service, a policy that was promptly copied by Labour in your manifesto. Of course we are more than happy for you to borrow our manifesto ideas that benefit residents of Croydon.
It now seems that you are looking to renege on your manifesto commitment and remove the free bulky waste collection service. This is a very alarming development, and would be a slap on the face to residents who voted for you on the understanding that this would be a permanent service. As you know this service is proving very popular with residents. Further, your own Labour colleagues on the Scrutiny Committee expressed their concerns that a review of one of your manifesto pledges was taking place so soon after this year's election.
To avoid all confusion, I would urge you to take this opportunity to assure all Croydon residents that the free bulky waste collection service is here to stay, and will not be removed or diluted by your administration.
Cllr Vidhi Mohan, Shadow Cabinet Member for Clean Green Croydon"