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Westminster rejects London Mayor's waste plans

Westminster council has shunned the London Mayor’s waste proposals.

In response to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s consultation on the extension of London government, the council said there was no justification for a single waste authority.

Council leader Sir Simon Milton said in a letter to minister of communities and local government David Milliband that London boroughs are closest to their communities and therefore best placed to devise and promote arrangements to meet the needs of their local populations. He said the possibility of a “one size fits all” waste collection method would suit the Mayor’s own priorities but not take into account the differences between London’s boroughs.

According to Milton collection and recycling arrangements have a major implication for the quality of the local street scene, and services need to be closely integrated with highway design, street furniture and cleansing policies — all local matters.

Milton also said Westminster stood to lose out from a London-wide body, as it would put an end to the council’s expected and significant future Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) income, and mean increased council tax for residents through higher GLA costs. It would also create a monopoly service and reduce benefits the council could gain through a competitive market place.

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