Thursday, 3 May 2012

Cory didn't realise there were narrow roads in Launceston

Yesterday, some residents of Dunheved Road had their black bag rubbish collected for the first time in over a month. The bags had piled up to more than five feet high.

When I asked the council to explain the reason for the problem, I was told that the new contractor - Cory - wasn't aware of how many properties (like this one) needed a narrow vehicle to access.

To my mind, this is yet another example of the incompetence of both Cory management and Cornwall Council when it came to implementing this new contract. Surely as part of the pre-contract negotiations, the bidders should have been told (or found out) how many properties needed some sort of special treatment. Cory appear to have assumed that almost everywhere could be collected using 'normal' trucks. I know they have had to buy new vehicles to cope with places like Looe, and it appears they will have to buy more for parts of Launceston.

Luckily, the most horrendous problems now seem to be being fixed, but there are still occasional problems across Cornwall. If you have suffered a missed collection or still don't have your recycling bags or box, please email alexfolkes@gmail.com or call me on 07984 64138.

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