Following the highlighting last week, by Robin Parker, of the fact that litter and dog waste bins were overflowing across Stevenage, because they had not been emptied, Robin has now been told by senior council officials that the cut in bin emptying from weekly to fortnightly – which caused the major problem with the bins – has been reversed.
“The decision by officials was made last week, but no announcement was made by Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) – possibly because they did not want to admit that they made an error in making the cut from weekly to fortnightly collections in the first place. However, I have now been assured that the Council has gone back to the original weekly collections Town wide. I have said that they should put out a clear public statement about the reversal of this cut,” said Robin Parker.
“I am glad that I was able to highlight residents’ concerns and that the council has now listened to our complaints and that they have reversed this ‘cut too far’.”
“I have been told that the officials are still looking into a resident’s claims that an operative had to pick out pieces of litter from the bins one piece at a time, when emptying litter bins, because the plastic sacks SBC uses are not strong enough to be lifted out of the bins, and I will continue to pursue this query” concluded Robin Parker.
- All litter and dog bins in all areas, other than the Town Centre, High Street and Neighbourhood Centres, will now be emptied weekly, as they used to be before the cut.
- All litter and dog bins in the Town Centre, High Street and Neighbourhood Centres, were not affected by the cut and are emptied daily, as they always were.
- Litter picking in all areas, other than the Town Centre, High Street and Neighbourhood Centres will, from 10.11.2014, be carried out fortnightly, rather than weekly, as used to be the case. This cut has not been reversed.
- Litter picking in the Town Centre, High Street and Neighbourhood Centres, was not affected by the cut and will be carried out daily, as it always was.