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Volunteer gardeners won't be charged


By Alistair Whitfield


Anne Glover (front) plus fellow volunteers Pat and Mike Paterson who were unhappy with the £144 bill they originally received to empty the brown bins at Ladyhill.
Anne Glover (front) plus fellow volunteers Pat and Mike Paterson who were unhappy with the £144 bill they originally received to empty the brown bins at Ladyhill.

GROUPS maintaining green areas on council-owned land in Moray will now benefit from free garden waste collections.

Volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours per year to cut grass, plant flowers and maintain council-owned pockets of land and open spaces in towns and villages across the region.

In recognition of their efforts councillors have now decided not to charge community groups and charities for collecting garden waste every fortnight.

Moray Council leader Graham Leadbitter said: “We appreciate the dedication of these groups and the pride they have in keeping our open spaces looking good for the benefit of residents and visitors.

“Introducing any new major charging policy does bring with it challenges and when it became apparent that there was an issue I discussed it with council officers and councillors across the political groups.

"As a result we are now in a position to offer free garden waste collection permits to those organisations maintaining council-owned green space.

“I want to thank the individuals who give up their time to carry out gardening activities, and assure them their efforts are not in vain.

"Any eligible groups who have purchased permits will be refunded, and we’re in the process of printing specific permits for approved community use.”



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