Plans to introduce a fortnightly bin collection and charge for garden waste collections could be binned.

Allerdale Borough Council’s executive has proposed a budget which, if ratified by the full council, would see the waste collection remain as it was.

Initial proposals, which caused uproar at consultation stage, included charging residents £35 to £40 per year for garden waste collections and black bin collections move from weekly to fortnightly.

However, the executive has warned that it proposed to introduce some other waste charges. These would be introduced on April 1 but a spokesman said the council was not in a position to outline the changes which were still being considered.

The waste services contract will be delivered through the creation of a 100 per cent-owned council company and will come with an initial cost. However, the council said it was planning to reduce the operating costs in future years. In a statement, the council’s executive said the proposed 2020/21 budget would allow “continued investment in services whilst limiting the financial impact on the council taxpayer.”

This would include £5 million to support regeneration and £2.2 million towards the development of Lillyhall in Workington which, if agreed, would unlock ambitious proposals for the site with the council applying to outside bodies for funding.

The council hopes to work towards reducing antisocial behaviour with a proposed £40,000 towards a new role working with the police in the Community Hub.

Around £1.2m would be used to help fund changes to buildings to allow disabled people to remain at home longer and £770,000 would go to upgrading walking and cycling paths.

The council hopes to spend £50,000 on solar panels for its buildings and around £52,000 to bring market services in-house.

The budget proposals include a rise of one per cent in the council’s portion of council tax.

Council leader Marion Fitzgerald said: “It has been a difficult year with the problems inherited from the waste service but despite that we have managed to find savings and deliver this budget.”