RUBBISH FURY: Bins 'not collected' for five weeks, say residents
Wednesday 3rd March 2021
THE "failure" to collect bins by Maidstone Borough Council for more than a month has come under fire by local people.
Piles of rubbish was left lying on pavements for nearly five weeks.
Local councillor Jonathan Purle told last night's Communities, Housing & Environment Committee: “I was contacted over the weekend by residents in and around Warwick Place who were entering their fifth week without proper bin collections.
"And when I attended Monday morning, there was clearly a huge volume of uncollected waste all across the street. It was awful.”
Cllr Purle argued the council’s contract with Biffa needed “to be made more accountable and responsive when things go wrong” adding that “it cannot be acceptable for a street to have 4-5 weeks of missed collections.”
He added: "It took several days of calls and emails to get the street cleared - nobody wanted to commit to any timescale.”
Community campaigner and Conservative borough council candidate Tom Cannon, pictured, added: “The individual staff who’ve kept the service going throughout the pandemic have been stars, but there’s something wrong with the council’s waste contract when this happens.
"I’ve never seen rubbish build-up like that. When people are paying thousands of pounds a year in council tax, the least they should expect is to get their bins emptied.”
Maidstone Borough Council said: "The delays to waste collection in Warwick Place were due to a combination of issues; these included snow and winter conditions, restricted access for the waste vehicles to the road because of cars parked on corners and a vehicle breakdown. Maidstone Borough Council is working as hard as possible to collect any missed bins and apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused.
"The MBC waste team is looking to resolve this situation moving forward."
HAVE YOU HAD AN ISSUE GETTING YOUR BINS COLLECTED? LET US KNOW BY CALLING 01622 734735
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