Coun­cil urged to ex­plain why bins left unemptied

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state­ment, but wanted to email an ex­pla­na­tion to ward coun­cil­lors first as it would “not be right to learn some­thing like that from the pa­per.”

When pressed she said: “All I can say is that we have had some op­er­a­tional is­sues in re­la­tion to our work­force.”

She re­fused to deny claims that bin­men had “walked out” and said: “I want to in­form ward coun­cil­lors first.”

Coun­cil­lors said they would be de­mand­ing an­swers from the au­thor­ity this morn­ing.

Res­i­dents said the prob­lems were not con­fined to HD9 post­codes as first sug­gested.

Carl Ell­wood said: “It’s more wide­spread than HD9 – plenty of green re­cy­cling bins in HD7 weren’t emp­tied on Thurs­day this week either. Go­ing off the pre­vi­ous ef­forts of the coun­cil, I won’t hold my breath for col­lec­tions to be caught up. They will end up leav­ing it un­til the next sched­uled col­lec­tion.”

Chris New­ton said: “I live in an area with­out wheelie bins. I have to take my bags up to the road­side, as do at least five of my neigh­bours. There is now a moun­tain of bin bags up Dun­ford Road. I imag­ine the rats will be there soon.”

Stephanie Cold­well claimed: “Bins in Mold­green haven’t been emp­tied for nearly six weeks now. Come on Kirklees Coun­cil, sort it out.”

Sev­eral coun­cil­lors con­tacted by the Ex­am­iner said they hadn’t been told the spe­cific cause of the prob­lems.

Clr Nigel Pa­trick, who rep­re­sents Holme Val­ley South, said the coun­cil hadn’t re­vealed what it had meant by ‘op­er­a­tional is­sues.’

He said: “I have asked the ques­tion. They say they had ‘sig­nif­i­cant op­er­a­tional is­sues’ on Wed­nes­day which had a knock-on ef­fect. They are busy try­ing to catch up. I am told they will have caught up on Tues­day.”

Clr Pa­trick said he couldn’t un­der­stand why Kirklees were hid­ing be­hind such vague ex­pla­na­tions.

“I don’t know why they just can’t tell us. Is it staffing is­sues or a break­down? Peo­ple’s bins are full and if they are left out and it’s windy there will be lit­ter all over.”

Lynn My­land, a for­mer Kirklees em­ployee who lives in Thongs­bridge, con­tacted the coun­cil af­ter her bin wasn’t col­lected ear­lier this week.

She said: “They told me I wasn’t the only one and that over 4,000 house­holds had been af­fected. I was flab­ber­gasted.

“They told me there had been op­er­a­tional is­sues. I asked them to be more spe­cific but they said no. They didn’t want to give me an an­swer. I asked if the staff were on strike but they said no.

“I know that the coun­cil once signed up to the Plain English guide­lines and are sup­posed to be plain and trans­par­ent. I want them to tell me in plain English what’s hap­pen­ing be­cause ‘op­er­a­tional is­sues’ means noth­ing.”

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