Bins col­lec­tions re­main in ‘chaos’

The Oban Times - - NEWS - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

A MOUND of bin bags has been piled up next to a com­mu­nity cen­tre and nursery in Soroba as the com­mu­nal bins are again full to ca­pac­ity.

The over­flow­ing bins at Scal­pay Ter­race have al­ready been ran­sacked by seag­ulls.

The Oban Times spoke to Scal­pay res­i­dent John Hutchi­son on Mon­day, who said: ‘The state of the place is ter­ri­ble.

‘It is ridicu­lous and it is not get­ting picked up un­til Wed­nes­day. I have to sit and look at this – seag­ulls rip­ping apart bags.

‘To be hon­est, I saw a rat at Christ­mas, but was not quick enough to get the cam­era so I can’t prove it. It is get­ting be­yond a joke.’

Mr Hutchi­son, who shares three grey bins and one blue bin with eight other house­holds, added: ‘ How do they ex­pect folk to live like that? It’s do­ing my head in.

‘I have got a wee boy who is meant to be able to play in the gar­den, but there are seag­ulls ev­ery­where.

‘I’m sick of look­ing out my win­dow at it.’

An­other Soroba res­i­dent, Ge­orge Berry, wants Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive to re­sign.

‘I am ab­so­lutely dis­gusted,’ he said. ‘I spent yes­ter­day af­ter­noon out in the car park pick­ing up lit­ter.

‘All over the place seag­ulls are burst­ing the bags. I have had it. I would see the point if they were pro­vid­ing ex­tra bins. I would ask for the chief ex­ec­u­tive to re­sign.

‘For him to put this into mo­tion with­out pro­vid­ing ex­tra fa­cil­i­ties is out­ra­geous.

‘ What is the point in tak­ing pride in the es­tate when they take that away?’

How­ever, Soroba isn’t the only place that is en­coun­ter­ing prob­lems with the three-weekly up­lift sched­ule that was im­ple­mented in Novem­ber.

Res­i­dents in Ler­ags say that the bin up­lift dates are in ‘chaos’ and will lead to more fly-tip­ping.

One res­i­dent said that they should be pay­ing coun­cil tax to their neigh­bours for emp­ty­ing their bins, rather than to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil.

Michelle McA­nally of Ler­ags said: ‘Our bins haven’t been lifted in weeks.

‘Each week we fill out a missed bin re­port on the coun­cil web­site, and get a re­ply email apol­o­gis­ing for the poor ser­vice, but no so­lu­tion has been forth­com­ing.

‘ We are told to leave our bins out for a few more days, but they still are not col­lected. We are lucky that a good neigh­bour has been tak­ing our bins to the dump on his trailer, oth­er­wise it would be dif­fi­cult for us to find the time to do this, as well as not want­ing to haul rub­bish in our car.

‘I have joked that we should start pay­ing taxes to our neigh­bour in­stead of the coun­cil, but it’s not very funny. Other res­i­dents don’t have the lux­ury of a friend with a trailer, and I don’t know how they are deal­ing with what can only be called a rub­bish cri­sis.’

An­other Ler­ags res­i­dent, Liam Grif­fin, added: ‘My con­cern is for the young mother with a wean at her feet, or the arthritic se­nior cit­i­zen who lives in an up­stairs ten­e­ment flat.

‘How mo­ti­vated to re­cy­cle will such folk re­main if the up­lift dates are in chaos?

‘Sys­tems man­age­ment teaches that you need to put the path where peo­ple will walk: oth­er­wise they just take the eas­i­est route.

‘The eas­i­est route, if the cur­rent up­lift chaos con­tin­ues, is likely to be bags of rub­bish turn­ing up be­hind hedges or dumped in farm­ers’ fields.’

An Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil spokesman said: ‘The new refuse and re­cy­cling ser­vice has been in­tro­duced to 47,000 prop­er­ties, which has been a huge change for our com­mu­ni­ties.

‘ We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience and would like to thank peo­ple for their pa­tience and for work­ing with us to help in­crease re­cy­cling.

‘We work hard to make sure we can empty bins on the sched­uled days. How­ever, there can be op­er­a­tional dif­fi­cul­ties, which mean this isn’t al­ways pos­si­ble.

‘Ev­ery ef­fort is made to col­lect bins as soon as pos­si­ble fol­low­ing any dis­rup­tion and keep res­i­dents in­formed of any changes us­ing our web­site. If your bin isn’t col­lected on the sched­uled day, please leave it out the next day.

‘ We will ar­range for ad­di­tional up­lifts to deal with any over­flow­ing bins and apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience.

‘ We are grate­ful to res­i­dents for their pa­tience and are work­ing in part­ner­ship with ACHA [Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion] to iden­tify areas where ad­di­tional bins can be stored.’

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John Hutchi­son stands next to the over­flow­ing bins out­side his flat in Soroba.

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