A HIGH Court judge could overturn a cash-strapped council’s “ill conceived” decision to introduce fortnightly black bin collections as a resident seeks to launch a judicial review.

Resident Alastair Cook said he has submitted a letter before action to notify Slough Borough Council that he intends to submit a judicial review against the decision to move away from weekly pick-ups.

The then Labour-run council decided to change black bin collections across the borough from weekly to fortnightly, which will be implemented from June 26, in order to save £705,000 a year. 

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At that time, it was only one of the few local authorities left in the country to still collect rubbish weekly. It also has one of the worst recycling rates in the country, standing at 28 per cent which the council wants to increase to 40 per cent.

In the letter, Mr Cook said the move from weekly black bin collections will increase fly-tipping in Slough and will be an ‘inconvenience to many households with large families’.

He wrote: “Every resident I have spoken to about this subject is of the same view that your idea is ill conceived.”

A Slough Borough Council spokesperson said: “If the council receives correspondence from Mr Cook, it will respond to him directly.

“In the meantime, we would refer anyone concerned about the decision to the council’s published report and minute for the decision to move to fortnightly bin collections.

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“Agenda for Cabinet on Wednesday, 21st September, 2022, 6.30 pm (slough.gov.uk)

“There was a detailed implementation plan and communications campaign to support the implementation, which reflects a change that the vast majority of local authorities have already made.”