Thursday, 27 September 2012

Cory failing Ridgegrove residents

The photo on the left shows the state of one of the Ridgegrove Estate bin areas this morning. Fly-tipped material including a fridge, a bed base and some wooden shelving means that it is impossible to get to the bins themselves. As a result, residents have left their rubbish bags as close to the bins as possible - but prey to vermin and cats.

The sad thing is that these bins were emptied by Cory yesterday. But the fly-tipped stuff was just left where it was. Of course, there is no way that the regular dustcart can take away fridges and the like. There is a special team which deals with fly-tipping and they investigate to see if they can find out who is responsible and they fine them when they do. But Cory have a duty to ensure that the bin areas are left clean, tidy and usable and this one clearly isn't. If this was a one off problem then I would have some sympathy - but local residents have to live with this week after week.

The Ridgegrove Estate gets two bin collections per week - on Wednesdays and Fridays. I have already complained that these days are too close together and the bins are overflowing by Tuesday, but Cory claim that changing the collection days would be inconvenient.

The long-term solution remains a move to weekly doorstep collections and these will be implemented when the gas works have finished.

But in the mean time, those people who fly-tip should realise that they are encouraging rats and litter and Cory need to ensure that they are doing their job properly.

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