Street clean­ing ‘appalling’

MP blames sit­u­a­tion on coun­cil for clos­ing re­cy­cling cen­tre

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

THE level of street clean­li­ness in Hayes is 'appalling' ac­cord­ing to an MP.

Hayes and Har­ling­ton MP John McDon­nell blamed Hilling­don Coun­cil, which pre­vi­ously pri­va­tised the Rigby Lane Re­cy­cling Cen­tre, for clos­ing the fa­cil­ity, which he said had left the south of the bor­ough with no al­ter­na­tives.

He said: “We can­not go on like this. The streets are filthy. Fly-tip­ping is a con­sis­tent prob­lem.”

The Labour MP added: “I opened the re­cy­cling cen­tre in Rigby Lane as a GLC [Greater London Coun­cil] coun­cil­lor in the 1980s and now the To­ries have closed it.”

Mr McDon­nell

has writ­ten to the coun­cil de­mand­ing they re-open the re­cy­cling cen­tre.

Coun­cil leader coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot hit back at Mr McDon­nell, ac­cus­ing him of talk­ing ‘ab­so­lute non­sense’.

He said: “We have ex­cel­lent re­cy­cling rates in the bor­ough and we are the green­est bor­ough in London, so as usual John McDon­nell is talk­ing ab­so­lute non­sense.

“The Rigby Lane site closed over five years ago. Where has he been?

“The sug­ges­tion that, un­like the res­i­dents in the rest of the bor­ough, his con­stituents are not able to deal with their waste is pretty in­sult­ing.

“We host spe­cial waste week­ends in Tav­i­s­tock Road, West Dray­ton, so it is com­pletely un­true to say there are no fa­cil­i­ties in the south.

“Our res­i­dents tell us they are ex­tremely sat­is­fied with our weekly waste and re­cy­cling ser­vices, which we will con­tinue to of­fer free of charge, un­like many neigh­bour­ing bor­oughs.”

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