The council is moving to a paid-for kerb-side collection of green waste and grass clippings, and will bring in a third vehicle and crew with the aim of increasing collection capacity by 50%.

Council leader Richard Millard said the current service has not been working in recent months and needed ‘a top to bottom review’.

‘Now I am delighted to announce the re-vamped service will be up and running in April,’ he said.

‘It will be slicker, bigger and more efficient, emptying more brown bins per day than ever before.’

He added: ‘The new service will start in April and will consolidate its existing customers. Once the new rounds are working well it will be expanded to include more customers, on a phased basis, over the ensuing months, with the aim of reaching full capacity over the summer.’