Right to answers

Had ratepayers been canvassed there would have been very little support for this change, as evidenced by letters to this paper, and by that well-known gauge of community opinion, people chatting in the local dog parks.

Many single parents and sole carers like me rely on kind and helpful neighbours to do small tasks around the home and garden. We cannot further impose by asking them to do tip runs or arrange for trailers.

Stirling has many single parents, carers and older citizens who rely on the kindness of their neighbours, and the verge collections of four per year are necessary to maintain the balance of goodwill and responsibility between ratepayers and the council.

Mr Ferrante raises the question of why the decision was made with such haste and secrecy, and I think ratepayers have the right to have this point answered.