Baxenden bins full of rubbish must rot for 27 days

Blackburn Citizen: Baxenden bins full of rubbish must rot for 27 days Baxenden bins full of rubbish must rot for 27 days

BINS filled with rubbish are being left to rot in the hot summer sun for almost a month because the council said it can’t afford to collect them, a councillor has claimed.

Residents in Baxenden usually have their bins collected every other Thursday, but last week’s strike meant they were not emptied.

Now they have been told they must wait another two weeks before they are finally emptied – a total of 27 days since they were last collected on June 26.

Baxenden councillors Terry Hurn and Kath Pratt have been in touch with the council.

Coun Hurn said: “Coun Pratt spoke to an official from the council on Thursday, and was able to ascertain that there will be no further collections for those affected until their next scheduled bin collection, which will be on Thursday, July 24.

“This means those people who were caught up in the dispute through no fault of their own, and after paying for the service, will have to put up with over-flowing bins, smelling and open to the elements, creating numerous problems especially during the height of summer.”

Coun Hurn said a council official said it would cost £1,500 to send a team of refuse collectors to collect the bins before July 24.

He added: “However, no mention was made of the savings the council made by not paying the wages of those who were on strike in the first place.

Coun Paul Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: "Unfortunately, following on from the recent industrial action on July 10 an insufficient number of trained drivers and operatives were available to complete all refuse collection rounds.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this caused residents.

“However on the next due collection date residents can present up to four extra bags for collection when a full normal service will resume.”

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6:02pm Tue 15 Jul 14

demobbed says...

Not just in Bash but also in the Peel area of Accrington where fly-tipping has started.
Not just in Bash but also in the Peel area of Accrington where fly-tipping has started. demobbed
  • Score: 5

6:52pm Tue 15 Jul 14

sharonAccy says...

Walked past a few back streets up towards Benjamin Hargreaves, shocking smells now
Is it really save for kids at lunch time to play out in those surroundings
Fly tipping started too
Walked past a few back streets up towards Benjamin Hargreaves, shocking smells now Is it really save for kids at lunch time to play out in those surroundings Fly tipping started too sharonAccy
  • Score: 1

6:53pm Tue 15 Jul 14

sharonAccy says...

*safe not save
*safe not save sharonAccy
  • Score: 2

7:19pm Tue 15 Jul 14

coates warder says...

pendle council are the same they have saved thousands not paying peoples wages not using any fuel etc. this should be given to people as compensation
pendle council are the same they have saved thousands not paying peoples wages not using any fuel etc. this should be given to people as compensation coates warder
  • Score: 7

10:04pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Black Car Guy. says...

How about stop paying people to stay at home and spend their money more wisely.
How about stop paying people to stay at home and spend their money more wisely. Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 4

3:56pm Wed 16 Jul 14

JPBFC1882 says...

I'll just take mine to the town hall and let them sort it.
I'll just take mine to the town hall and let them sort it. JPBFC1882
  • Score: 2

10:16pm Wed 16 Jul 14

demobbed says...

And the maggots have started to appear, how long before there are rats everywhere?
And the maggots have started to appear, how long before there are rats everywhere? demobbed
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Fri 18 Jul 14

houseclaret says...

The answer was simple to all but the council. Collect the black bins this week instead of the recycling. The recycling tends to be clean and of no threat to public health whereas the black bins are full of rotting, potentially harmful waste and should be a priority. Collect the recycling next week, that way only 3 weeks delay. The trouble is this takes a modicum of common sense a commodity most councils have never heard of. Of course to do this it probably would have taken a meeting of the full council to implement.
The answer was simple to all but the council. Collect the black bins this week instead of the recycling. The recycling tends to be clean and of no threat to public health whereas the black bins are full of rotting, potentially harmful waste and should be a priority. Collect the recycling next week, that way only 3 weeks delay. The trouble is this takes a modicum of common sense a commodity most councils have never heard of. Of course to do this it probably would have taken a meeting of the full council to implement. houseclaret
  • Score: -1

10:34pm Sat 19 Jul 14

doggydog says...

I phones the council the day after the stupid strike. I was told if i did not take my bin back in, i would be prosecuted for fly tipping. Had to inform the council that the bin was there property, not mine. I pay my council tax and in return, they empty my bin once a fortnight! I asked to speak to the health dept and was told by the same woman, that would not get me anywhere as they deal with that also! Imbeciles the lot of them!
I phones the council the day after the stupid strike. I was told if i did not take my bin back in, i would be prosecuted for fly tipping. Had to inform the council that the bin was there property, not mine. I pay my council tax and in return, they empty my bin once a fortnight! I asked to speak to the health dept and was told by the same woman, that would not get me anywhere as they deal with that also! Imbeciles the lot of them! doggydog
  • Score: -1

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