Harlow Labour leader slams Tories over handling of bin collections

News / Tue 3rd Aug 2021 at 08:39am

THE leader of Harlow Labour has slammed the Conservatives over their handling of the bin collections since they came to power in May.

Councillor Chris Vince said: “It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Conservatives were criticising the then Labour Council Administration for the issues surrounding the bin collections in Harlow despite the fact they knew that it was Veolia, a private company, who were responsible for the bin collections.

Sadly the issues around missed bin collections has not got better, if anything it has got worse.  And the new portfolio holder’s strong words about tackling the issue have proven to be just that… just words. 

The solution is apparently to suspend the collection of food waste.  Now personally I am hugely disappointed by this response.  If the issue is around lack of staff caused by Covid perhaps Veolia could have spent the past 18 months tackling staff shortages rather than providing a reduced, and not environmentally friendly, service. 

What has also been disappointing is the lack of communication by the new Conservative Administration on this important issue.  Is one press release to YourHarlow enough to inform residents of this change? (Many people don’t have access to it). The green caddies lined up in Little Parndon last week suggests not! However, I want the Conservatives to rest easy knowing that Cllr Durcan and I have been going out and doing their job for them by letting residents of Little Parndon & Hare Street know about these changes.  Sadly we’ve had no word from the administration about how long they they expect this unacceptable situation to continue, is it weeks or months or is this the “new normal”?  I subsequently have emailed the council have been told at least 2 weeks, without any end date.

However, I do want to finish on a positive which is in response to a comment made on a YourHarlow post.  Like all key workers the refuse collectors in Harlow have put themselves out to continue to collect our waste, even at the expense of their own safety, and I do want to put on record my thanks to them.   

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15 Comments for Harlow Labour leader slams Tories over handling of bin collections:

2021-08-03 09:21:06

As a person who lives in Harlow I completely agree with Councillor Chris Vince, the state of our bin service is abominable. Living in The Hornbeams I have not had my green bin collected yet again and none of the Tory councillors are doing anything about this. it is shameful. Thank you Chris for letting me know about this problem after our chat yesterday and actually doing something about it and speaking up! so glad you are still my local councillor.

2021-08-03 09:53:36

All this about concentrating on garden waste missed bins, I pay for this,but I would sooner have my food Cady collected.

Paul Henderson
2021-08-03 11:27:23

Chris Vince would be more convincing were he not part of an administration that over almost 10 years saw a total deterioration of the town centre such that it is possibly one of the most run down in the country. The new administration has been in office for under three months and has inherited a complete mess caused by Labour’s incompetence and indifference. Give the new Council some time to revive the prospects for Harlow. For Vince to make his assertions following a global pandemic, the effects of which are still upon us, is a pernicious and desperate attempt to distract attention from Labour’s manifold failures.

2021-08-03 12:15:20

Paul, in the same way Conservatives have had to recruit unpaid Wombles to do the job of clearing litter. Halfon has gone green but Harlow Conservatives can't follow and honour their voting when in opposition by stopping the more environmentally private property development and devastating features of hggt and polluting road developments.

Paul Henderson
2021-08-03 12:24:10

Novoman, you might like to recall that it was the former Harlow Labour administration that signed up for HGGT back in 2017. All current building projects were also approved under Labour. The Conservatives have only recently taken power and stopped an environmentally damaging development in Mark Hall North. Still, thanks for highlighting more of Labour’s disasters.

2021-08-03 12:49:52

It's interesting and kind of odd that Paul brings up the town centre when the issue at hand is bin collections, but let's run with that for a moment. It's a matter of record that the decline set in well over ten years ago - in 2007, the BBC's David Sillito wrote that "Empty shops, closing-down sales and a warren of bleak little corners of neglect and decay, blight what was once upon a time a visionary social experiment." (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6264579.stm) Did the 2012-2021 Labour council turn the town centre around? No, but then neither did the 2008-2012 Conservative council that preceded it. Since the Conservative cabinet in 2021 contains quite a lot of the same people it did back in 2011, I don't expect them to do a significantly better job than they did before. But that's all a distraction from the issue at hand, of course. After all, empty shops are a sad sight but they're not nearly as unpleasant as the pests and other issues caused by poor handling of bin collections.

Paul Henderson
2021-08-03 13:29:52

Nick, it might have escaped your attention that the new administration only took office in May. They inherited the bin collection contract negotiated by Labour. Pretty certain they will get this sorted quickly. I have far more confidence that they will regenerate the town centre and do more to upgrade it and attract both visitors and businesses to the town than Labour. Many residents no longer use the town centre and take their custom to Bishop’s Stortford, Epping and Hoddesdon, and who can blame them?

2021-08-03 14:20:11

Should of left it in House years ago.

Tony Durcan
2021-08-03 16:49:16

Simple question in the last 3 months what have the new Tory council done. Paddling pools closed. Bin collections a mess Grass cutting and hedge rows a mess Town centre no action. No new plans No new ideas. You can’t keep blaming you need to start acting. It appears the only person working is the Tory spin Doctor.

gary roberts
2021-08-03 18:42:06

It is three months since the latest batch of Conservative councillors' took control of Harlow Council. Their plans for business was simple: We will help every business suffering over the last eighteen months during the virus pandemic including, inter alia, the provision and collection of refuse. Can anyone tell me what the current council has actually done to fulfill that pledge to business in those three months?

Jake Whiste
2021-08-04 04:57:41

As Paul Henderson said - the new council absorbed the problems of the old. Give them a chance to do something to try and resolve the issues... it’s like setting a fire and blaming the next guy who didn’t put it out. You’re all morons if you think this kind of behaviour is acceptable. Also Paul noted that we are still suffering the effects of a global pandemic - a crisis that has hit all sectors of trade harder than anticipated - I’d also like to tack on to that the absolute shambles that has been Brexit. The country is suffering and you’re all complaining about a green bin not being emptied on time. Good god people, what hope do the rest of us have if the likes of Tony Durcan and Robert Halfon are running the show?!

Kay Morrison
2021-08-04 15:48:02

The term 'caddies' refers to the small green food containers: that particular waste collection has been suspended because the current Conservative administration is struggling. Generous comments above suggest we shouldn't expect the Conservatives to have achieved anything in three months. Maybe the rest of us are being beastly to the poor souls.

Daniel Long
2021-08-04 16:01:53

For the past 9 years, the Harlow residents have put up something that belongs in the bin and that is rubbish coming out of the mouths of the former administration party councillors. Well done to the Tories for knock the Labour administration party off their perch back in May.

Tony Durcan
2021-08-04 21:38:36

Come on local Tories give Dan a membership card. Could I also remind those contributing to these debate everyone should remain civil. Calling others morons never helps and we need to call out this type of bullying behaviour . We may often agree to disagree but insulting other isn’t the way to influence a debate.

Nicholas Taylor
2021-08-04 23:43:33

Calling the Harlow Alliance Party a gang a few months ago Tony was hardly civil. These are the most difficult times in living memory, making cheap political points is not helping anyone and does not reflect well on either of the two main political parties. We may have different views about the future of Harlow, but as one of my former managers at Harlow Council used to say, "don't tell me about the problem, tell me the solution". We should think ourselves very lucky what with what is going on in the rest of the world that we are moaning about bins not being emptied.

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