Over the Border: Bins not collected as council forget to renew contract
Politics / Sat 27th Jan 2024 at 11:43am
AN Essex authority has seen its waste collection operator’s licence suddenly revoked, leaving all rubbish uncollected and local residents in limbo.
Uttlesford District Council (UDC) published a statement on their website shortly after 11am on January 25 apologising for there being no bin collections that day, which applies to general, garden and trade waste.
It said: “The delay is due to an administrative issue which has meant our operator’s licence has been revoked. It is a legal requirement to hold an operator’s licence and we are unable to collect your waste until the issue is resolved.
“We continue to work with the Office of the Traffic Commissioner to rectify this as quickly as possible and will provide an update later today. We would like to reassure residents there has been no incident with the safety of our vehicles or their operation.
“Once again, we would like to sincerely apologise for this situation. We do appreciate residents and businesses rely on our bin collection services and we are doing everything we can to ensure our vehicles get back out on the road as soon as possible.”
In the same statement, UDC also said it would endeavour to provide updates on its plan to catch up with the missed collections, including those which were missed on January 24.
Taking to Facebook, UDC and Essex County Council (ECC) member Councillor Susan Barker (Con., High Easter and the Rodings) said that at present it would be “wrong to speculate” as to why the revocation of the council’s operator’s licence has come about, and how long it may last for.
However, local residents have used the comments section of UDC’s statement posted on the social media platform to express their frustration over the situation, describing it as “unbelievable”, “a shambles” and a “complete joke”.
One resident said: “The council is a circus, just not a very entertaining one. Why do we pay so much for (the service through council tax when the administration) is so incompetent?”
A second wrote that they hoped “heads will roll over what looks like maladministration”. In a separate comment, another resident said that their family had been waiting to receive a second waste bin for more than three weeks due to having a child with “severe medical needs”, with their bin left overflowing on a weekly basis.
LDRS has contacted Cllr Barker for comment.
Councils have a few basic services they need to provide. Collecting our rubbish is one of them. If this basic service is not provided by useless councillors and council officers then the good residents deserve a refund for not receiving a service they pay for with their hard-earned wages.
Maybe we should "accidentally" forget to renew our TV licenses and council tax bills