Rossendale Borough Council has halted plans to withdraw doorstep collections from hundreds of isolated rural properties, following complaints from local residents and nationwide media coverage of the proposal.
The council has announced that it is extending its consultation period for 360 affected households which would take their waste to collection points up to a mile away.
A council statement said: “As a result of the engagement so far, 300 of the 668 farm, rural and harder-to-reach properties where changes were initially proposed will now see no change to their collections. The 368 properties, where a change to the collection point is still proposed are again being asked to tell the council what they think about the changes.”
Rossendale’s environment portfolio holder councillor Christine Lamb said: “It is important that we listen and take on board comments and feedback received from our residents. We want to do this fairly and therefore it is correct and proper to extend the consultation and enable cabinet to reflect on the feedback received.
“We have decided to delay any further implementation of the changes until after the extended consultation closes in the middle of September and we have looked at all the issues raised in October.
“We want to encourage anyone who has not already given us their views, to please get in touch to give us their feedback.”