Rub­bish row rum­bles on

The Oban Times - - Leisure - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

RATS, rub­bish and an in­crease in fear­less foxes have all been on the rise since bin col­lec­tions moved from once a fort­night to once ev­ery three weeks, say

Oban Times read­ers. The coun­cil claims there has been an in­crease in peo­ple re­cy­cling items – but visi­tors to Moleigh, the lo­cal author­ity’s waste dis­posal and re­cy­cling cen­tre, say it is full to over­flow­ing with gen­eral waste.

Claims that weekly col­lec­tions in Soroba were go­ing to be rein­tro­duced were con­firmed by a coun­cil in­sider who said: ‘ The peo­ple who made the de­ci­sions about the bins were not the peo­ple do­ing the job and there­fore the scheme set up for Soroba was never go­ing to work.’

The de­mand for sec­ond green bins has been so high that the lo­cal author­ity has now run out of them and is wait­ing for more to be de­liv­ered.

The coun­cil in­sider said: ‘ Peo­ple in Soroba have seen peo­ple from out­side the area drive up and dump into the com­mu­nal bins – it is a dis­grace.’

A state­ment from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil is­sued be­fore Christ­mas said bin col­lec­tions would re­main the same over the fes­tive pe­riod, how­ever, re­ports from all over Oban and Lorn would sug­gest many peo­ple felt this was not the case.

The lo­cal author­ity said: ‘ Bin col­lec­tion days will re­main the same over the new year pe­riod.

‘ The civic amenity site at Moleigh, Oban, will be closed on Jan­uary 1 and 2 but will be open from 10am to 2pm on Tues­day Jan­uary 3.’ Fiona Vick posted on The

Oban Times Face­book page: ‘Re­main the same? They haven’t even emp­tied our green bins since Tues­day 27 (when sched­uled) been out on the road since Mon­day night.

‘Re­ported twice and all I got was leave the bins out. This is not the bin men’s fault! It’s the coun­cil’s fault.

‘ Soroba is go­ing back to weekly col­lec­tions too, so why is ev­ery­one not go­ing back to the same! Can’t treat some peo­ple dif­fer­ently than oth­ers. We all pay coun­cil tax, we all should have an equal ser­vice.’

Donna Ma­caulay was in the same po­si­tion as many oth­ers who were us­ing the dump much more reg­u­larly to get rid of waste.

She said: ‘Should put ev­ery­one back to fort­nightly col­lec­tions, hav­ing weekly for some and what we’ve been get­ting is out­ra­geous.

‘ I’m hav­ing to take stuff up to the dump my­self all the b***** y time.’

While reader Re­becca Cressey added: ‘ Not col­lected!

‘ Have not re­mained the same, have been tight­en­ing their belts to the detri­ment of the col­lec­tions.

‘[the coun­cil is] too tight to pay for bin men dur­ing hol­i­day times, al­ways fobbed off with lorry break­down, sham­bles!’

Res­i­dents through­out Oban are claim­ing that bins have not been col­lected in ar­eas such as Bay View Road, around the tower, Taynuilt, Con­nel and North Con­nel. One wo­man, who did not want to be named, has started tak­ing pic­tures of the dead rats she is find­ing near her home. She be­lieves this is due in part to the in­creased rub­bish sit­ting out­side peo­ple’s houses.

She said: ‘ I have never seen any­thing like it. A mouse, yes, but not a huge big rat run­ning all over the place. What next – bot­u­lism, the plague? Give us back our bin col­lec­tions now.’

Other peo­ple in out­ly­ing ar­eas are re­port­ing ‘ hiss­ing’ foxes when they are dis­turbed while break­ing into dis­carded gen­eral waste next to bins.

A spokesman for Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil said: ‘Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s new refuse and re­cy­cling col­lec­tion ser­vice has led to an in­crease in re­cy­cling.

‘ The new model – keep­ing re­cy­cling col­lec­tion ser­vices as they are and mov­ing to a three- weekly sched­ule for gen­eral ( green) bins was in­tro­duced first on Mull at the start of Oc­to­ber then in the rest of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles in late Novem­ber.’

Chair­man of the lo­cal area com­mit­tee Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish said: ‘ We are aware of gen­eral con­cerns in the Soroba area.

‘ We’ve been in dis­cus­sions with the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion and are look­ing to cre­ate space for ad­di­tional large re­cy­cling bins. We’ll put an ex­tra run on this week and will mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

‘ We’ll also be ar­rang­ing meet­ings with res­i­dents to clar­ify things and re­mind peo­ple of the var­i­ous re­cy­cling op­tions avail­able to them.’

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