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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A three-mile round trip to get your bin emptied

That is what the residents of Litherskew in Upper Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, are having to do. Not only do they have to put up with fortnightly collections - which is a disgrace - officials in Richmonshire District Council have the nerve to tell them the maintained road serving their hamlet isn't good enough anymore. They must now place their wheelie bins on the nearest highway one and a half miles away.

This council is Conservative run, and the local MP is William Hague. The leader of the council has promised officials will review the policy, but this simply isn't good enough. It should never have happened in the first place. If this was some loony Labour council, you wouldn't be surprised, but a Tory council?? Residents, unsurprisingly, think the situation is bonkers. One can only hope it is remedied sooner, rather than later, including reinstating weekly bin collections.


Hat tip: The Daily Telegraph


Lord James Bigglesworth said...

This the sort of thing, with all the leadership's newfangled ideas and plans, that just doesn't get taken car eof with the resident in mind. This is not a people friendly country anymore.

Letters From A Tory said...

Isn't it ridiculous that emptying bins can have become such a serious issue for so many people? It used to be a given that someone would collect your bins, but now people have to fight for it.

Andrew Allison said...

James: This isn't a people friendly country anymore. Officials sit in their offices and don't think if the human consequences.

Letters from a tory: It is ridiculous. Whatever happened to the notion of councils serving their customers?

sally in norfolk said...

my local council have now stopped the collecting of garden waste , which we used to put out in green bags which you buy from the council.
Now you have to buy a brown bin and pay every year people like me cannot afford these bins and its a 10 mile round trip to local recyling centre.
Thats very "green" :-(

Andrew Allison said...

Which council is that, Sally? I am interested to know. They will never encourage recycling behaving like that.

Calum said...

This council should be up for some kind of award for utter stupidity. The political persuasion of the council is irrelevant: the thoughtless and uncaring belong in all parties.

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