Opponents of plans to cut back on bin collections will stage a protest outside Enfield Civic Centre.

Backers of the ‘Bin the New Bin Collections’ petition will urge councillors to re-think plans to move waste and recycling rounds to once a fortnight instead of once a week.

It comes after Enfield Council revealed the issue would not be debated at next week’s full council meeting because many of the people who signed the petition only gave their postcodes.

The council’s constitution says petitions must include the full addresses of the people who signed – otherwise the signatures are not counted.

Helen Blairman, who started the petition, said she was “bitterly disappointed” by the decision.

She said: “They have got us on a technicality. It is pathetic.

“The petition has been signed by more than 6,400 residents – that has to mean something.

“If, in a democratic society, we are not able to look at it again – even if the outcome is the same – I do not understand it.”

Ms Blairman, who lives on the Lakes Estate in Palmers Green, said she had written to council leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan offering to meet with her to discuss the petition but had not received a response.

The changes to bin collections, which will take effect from spring 2020, mean black and blue bin collections will move to once a fortnight.

They will also see the roll-out of weekly food waste rounds and a £65-a-year charge for garden waste collections.

Enfield Council says the move will save £7.5 million over five years as it faces ongoing cuts to its budget from central Government.

The protestors will gather outside Enfield Civic Centre at 6.30pm on Wednesday, July 10.

Their demonstration will coincide with another protest by Extinction Rebellion, which starts at 6pm and will urge the council to step up its efforts to fight climate change.