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Council committee calls for deferral of green waste decision after supporting Barking grandma’s petition

PUBLISHED: 13:03 11 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:48 11 January 2017

Hilda Gooby (centre) persuaded the living and working select committee to support the terms of the petition at Barking Town Hall last night.

Hilda Gooby (centre) persuaded the living and working select committee to support the terms of the petition at Barking Town Hall last night.

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A campaigner who is fighting to bring back green garden waste collections says she is hopeful after a council scrunity group agreed to support her petition last night.

The living and working select committee has called on cabinet members to defer Tuesday’s final decision on the future of the service following grandma Hilda Gooby’s impassioned speech at Barking Town Hall.

The meeting was triggered after 1,700 people signed her petition to bring back and extend the £220,000-a-year council service, which was axed in September to save money.

“I feel really pleased,” Mrs Gooby, 73, said. “It’s a really important service – it will have a huge impact if they take it away.”

The council is considering introducing a £40 a year fortnightly service but members of gardening club Green Fingers – who began the petition to bring back and extend the service when the paid for option had not been announced – say it should be free.

“I’m just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping,” Mrs Gooby, who lives in Dereham Road, Barking, added. “I’ve done my bit and now it’s up to the powers that be.”

Cllr Rocky Gill, who represents Longbridge ward, also addressed members at the meeting, which lasted three hours.

Cllr Phil Waker, chair of the living and working select committee, said the large turn out showed how important the issue is to residents.

“I think it’s a big subject of great concern to a lot of people in the borough,” he added. “It was important that people put across their views and I think committee members did their best to take on public concern by asking for a deferral of the cabinet decision.”

A recent consultation revealed just under half (49.9 per cent) of the 7,690 residents who took part in a council survey supported a paid for service.

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