‘We’ll be over­come by rats be­fore we know it’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Rubbish Collection Update -

Stan­hope res­i­dents were left dis­gusted last week af­ter their re­cy­cling col­lec­tion was picked up four days later than ex­pected.

Cllr Bren­dan Chilton, of Lud­den­ham Close, said: “My road, Eas­try, and Sheld­wich Close were all missed in the pick-up on Tues­day [July 16]. I would say about one third of the es­tate was ac­tu­ally not col­lected from.”

Diane Will­mott, of Lyn­sted Close, Stan­hope, said: “My bins were sup­posed to be picked up on Tues­day, and on Thurs­day they still hadn’t been col­lected.

“It’s dis­gust­ing. The food caddy stinks and the re­cy­cling bin is over­flow­ing.

“I called the coun­cil and they said the col­lec­tion could be to­day or it could be to­mor­row.

“There is no way my bin will cope with an­other few days of waste. There are fam­i­lies in this es­tate of five and six. They will ac­cu­mu­late a lot of waste.

“Some­thing needs to be done. ABC have en­cour­aged us all to re­cy­cle and then they don’t even bother to come and col­lect it.

“All this rub­bish doesn’t give Stan­hope a very good rep­u­ta­tion. We’ll be over­come with rats be­fore we know it. I take pride in my house, but the es­tate is an ab­so­lute eye­sore.

“The coun­cil’s at­ti­tude is they have ‘teething prob­lems’. But that isn’t our prob­lem. We pay our coun­cil tax on time.”

The re­cy­cling from the missed streets in Stan­hope was even­tu­ally col­lected on Fri­day, July 19.

Cllr Chilton added: “I did ex­pect prob­lems but I thought it would be the res­i­dents who strug­gled, not the con­trac­tors.”

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