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Big decisions on Cornwall's waste collections

Big decisions on Cornwall's waste collections

Published by Emma Carton at 9:08am 13th November 2019. (Updated at 9:15am 13th November 2019)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Cornwall Council's Cabinet is set to meet on Wednesday and there are some big items on the agenda.

Councillors will be given an update on the new household waste and recycling collection contract.

The council had been looking to award the contract to an operator which would see recycling collections go weekly, along with a new food waste collection, and black bag waste to be collected fortnightly.

However, after there were reports that there had been no bids which would fit the council's budget it was revealed last week that the council had altered the terms of the tender so that both rubbish and recycling would be collected every other week. 

The new food waste collection would still be weekly.

The shift has attracted some criticism with some suggesting that the council will not achieve its aim of driving up recycling rates in Cornwall.

And with the council having already agreed to spend up to £62 million on new vehicles for the collections service there has been a suggestion that the operation should be taken in-house or given to the council’s company Corserv.

Cabinet will also consider the latest report on the Langarth Garden Village development planned on the outskirts of Truro.

This major project is looking to bring together a number of different, separate sites which all have planning permission for up to 2,700 homes, schools, medical facilities, community centres, shops, hotels and pubs.

The council decided to step in last year after the various developments ground to a halt and said that it wanted to make it a more "cohesive community”.

Since then the council has been drawing up a masterplan for the development, held some consultation events and has secured £47m from the Government for the Northern Access Road which will serve the development.

And it has been revealed that there could be plans to increase the number of homes to 4,000 in the future.

At Wednesday's meeting councillors will be asked to approve funding to purchase land needed for the development as well as cash for community projects nearby.

Details of the land acquisition are in confidential papers and will be discussed in private at tomorrow's meeting.

The community money includes £888,000 for improvements including a school hall at Threemilestone Primary School and £612,000 for All Saints Church at Highertown for its community centre project.

Cabinet will also be asked to approve and extra £1.58m funding for an ECO Whole House Retrofit project which is  a pilot scheme looking to install things like insulation, heat pumps and ventilation to make homes more green in their energy consumption and heat retention.

The pilot scheme will allow 83 homes to undergo the improvements – the original plan was to use 100 homes, including 17 owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, but the Duchy of Cornwall decided to pull out of the scheme.

Cornwall Council's Cabinet will meet at 10am on Wednesday November 13th.

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