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D-day for garden waste charges

Garden waste collection in North Kesteven Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Residents in a Lincolnshire district could face a £25 annual charge for their garden waste bin collection if council plans are passed later today. Charges would come into effect in April 2013 although North Kesteven District Council has been providing the service for free since July 2004.

The move is a cost-saving exercise with the current budget for garden waste collection at £770,000 a year. Legislation states the council is obliged to collect garden waste on request, but unlike with normal recycling it can impose charges for doing so.

Additional bins can be ordered at the same property at an extra charge of £10 per bin per year, with four being the maximum number allowed. First time provision of a bin, for example, to new residents, would result in a £35 charge for the initial year of the service.

Collections are recommended to be fortnightly between February and November and monthly between January and December. The council predict that a likely take-up rate of the service will be around 50 per cent. Those not wishing to use the service will get to keep their current brown wheelie bins.

Charging for garden waste

Thousands of residents across parts of Lincolnshire could soon be asked to pay £25 a year to have their green garden waste bins emptied.

North Kesteven District council has announced that it's planning the move, which would also see new home owners charged £35 a year.

They say they're following in the footsteps of other councils who've already done it to generate money. It's likely that a sticker with a barcode will be put on to the bins to identify who's paid and who hasn't. A decision's expected on Tuesday.

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Sports Centre gets £150,000 boost

Sleaford Leisure Centre Credit: North Kesteven District Council

Sleaford Leisure Centre is to get a £150,000 makeover thanks to Sport England funding. The project has been awarded the money as part of a programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport.

North Kesteven District Council Chief Executive Ian Fytche said this welcome boost to the £2.85m refurbishment would enable the Council to proivde a sports centre to meet the community's needs over the next 20 years. The centre will close in the autumn for a year-long refurbishment

which involves converting the 140-year-old pool to a modern deck-level and upgrading the changing rooms, gym, dance studio and entrance, whilst incorporating a new toddler splash zone facility and health suite to inspire a new generation of users.