Sandhill residents are telling us that they are disappointed once again that the Liberal Democrats are taking a leaf out of Boris Johnson’s playbook and trying to mislead them by claiming they are responsible for the review of bin charges that Labour initiated in May of this year when Cllr Rowntree became deputy leader of the group.

Cllr Claire Rowntree, Sunderland City Council’s Deputy leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, confirmed that the cost of replacement bins forms part of a wider review into waste and recycling services at the local authority.

She said: “As a listening council we always keep our services under review.

“Now, and with the national Environment Bill 2021, the cost of replacement bins is part of a wider review of all aspects of the council’s waste and recycling services.

“I would also remind residents that if they are tenants then it is the responsibility of landlords to help ensure that they have the appropriate facilities to dispose and recycle waste.”