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Cabinet Minister tells Surrey - Bin the Tory Tip Tax

April 12, 2017 3:35 PM

Stephen Cooksey - mugshotLiberal Democrats have welcomed the news that the Conservative Secretary of State for the Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom MP, has called upon councils to scrap their charges for disposing of household waste at Community Recycling Centres (CRCs). Conservative-run Surrey County Council brought in the unpopular charges in September 2016 despite massive opposition from Liberal Democrat county councillors and residents.

Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Environment & Highways, said today:

"I have written to the Secretary of State asking her when the household waste charges in Surrey will be scrapped. She has been very clear in setting out her position but when will her Tory colleagues in Surrey get the message that these charges have to go?".

NOTES

- Andrea Leadsom's comments can be found here:

- The Government's "Litter strategy for England" can be found here (waste charges commentary on p20):

- A copy of Cllr Cooksey's letter to Andrea Leadsom can be found here: