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hile it may not have been the best summer for British weather, I hope that you have


all been able to enjoy a summer break, at home or away. We visited Iceland and spent a wonderful two


weeks walking glaciers, climbing volcano craters, squeezing into lava caves, whale, seal and bird watching and, in the case of our daughter, diving into the crack between the continental shelves of Europe and America.


‘The changes to local refuse


and recycling collections that took place in June have been a great success’


For those of us who have school-aged children,


August can be a stressful time. First the GCSE, AS and A2 results arrive, with futures seemingly bound up in one sheet of paper or computer screen. I have heard of some wonderful results from


the children of friends and neighbours, but if you didn‘t get what you wanted remember many of us have had a similar setback in our lives and have gone on the get good degrees and fulfilling careers. Despite the weather, a number of holiday


activities have been enjoyed by local children. Along with sports coaching and play rangers at our local parks, the Three Rivers‘ summer playscheme at Tanners Wood School provided exciting activities for younger children. If there are any new activities that you would like to see provided locally in the school holidays in the future, please let me know.


The changes to


local refuse and r e c y c l i n g collections that took place in June have been a great success, with r e s i d e n t s recycling and composting more of their household waste. Over the past


few weeks, the amount of waste evading our green bins has risen to more than 70 per cent. Even allowing for an increase in compostable


Three Rivers’ playscheme.


waste from summer gardening, Three Rivers is on target to exceed its target of 60 per cent over the year. Thanks to all residents who have worked to minimise their waste and to recycle as much as possible. The council has listened to residents and will


introduce compostable cornstarch liner bags for kitchen waste caddies next month. Please don‘t use your own bags, as these are often not the correct type to break down at the composting site. The council is also introducing extra collections


of disposable nappies for parents with young children who are unable to keep all their nappy waste within the green bin for fortnightly collection. The council gives generous grants to purchase


reusable nappies, which are cheaper for you and the environment.


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