Coun­cil leader’s bin apol­ogy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­ Ash­ford coun­cil’s leader has pub­licly apol­o­gised to the thou­sands of res­i­dents hit by bin bun­gles over the past fort­night. Cl lr Gerry Clark­son ( Con) made the “we’re sorry”state­ment dur­ing a full coun­cil meet­ing, in the wake of a del­uge of com­plaints from res­i­dents across the bor­ough – furious at ei­ther not hav­ing their bins emp­tied or not even hav­ing them de­liv­ered to use.

And Biffa, the firm car­ry­ing out the new refuse and re­cy­cling ser­vice for ABC, this week also apol­o­gised but added that it was “com­fort­able” with the “per­for­mance lev­els” so far.

Promis­ing im­prove­ments, Cllr Clark­son blamed the over­whelm­ing amount of waste that had been left out for the bin­men – more than dou­ble ex­pected lev­els – as the main cause for more than 100 streets suf­fer­ing de­layed col­lec­tions last week.

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