LitterOVERFLOWING LITTER AND DOG WASTE BINS – RESIDENTS’ CONCERNS – AND DO THEY REALLY EMPTY THE BINS ONE PIECE OF LITTER AT A TIME?

The unacceptable overflowing and unemptied litter bins and dog waste bins all around Stevenage, which have been apparent since 10 November, was raised by the Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Robin Parker, under his one item allowed under council rules, at the full meeting of Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) on 10 December.

He said “I have noticed the problem myself and have also received a number of complaints about this. I raised the problem immediately with officials and there was confusion amongst them as to the reason, but they have now admitted that the problem stems from the cut from weekly to fortnightly emptying of these bins, which was implemented from 10 November.”

It was one of a number of cuts to save money agreed by SBC at the council budget meeting in February 2014. “It is now clear that this was a cut too far” he continued.

“A member of the public has pointed out to me that recently he observed a council operative emptying the bins by picking out individual pieces of litter, because the plastic sacks are not strong enough to allow him to lift the sack out in one go. If this is how Stevenage Council operates, then we need to get stronger bags and/or review this practice because the council could probably save money by doing the process in a more sensible way.”

Robin Parker has, for example, received complaints about overflowing bins at Chells Lane/Knights Templar Green, Fairlands Way/Narrowbox Lane and around Ferrier Road.

“We need to let the public know that there is a problem and what the council is going to do about it, then review the processes” he concluded.