THE YT twitter feed was pinging away last night with residents totally exasperated at the chaos caused by the re-organisation of the Thurrock bin collections.
YT was the only member of the press that attended the briefing given by council officers and the portfolio holder for bins, cllr Victoria Holloway.
Our memories may be slipping but there was no great stress on “possible teething troubles”.
Thurrock is now into its fourth week of the “Great bin fiasco” and there seems to be no great signs of it abating.
Last night (Thursday) resident from Chafford, Orsett, Horndon (to name just a few) vented their frustration at seeing their un-emptied bin outside their house.
What has compounded their anger is that the portfolio holder, although apologetic at full council last week, did not give any indication as to when the problem would be sorted.
Conservative Envirnoment spokesman Cllr Simon Wootton said “Unfortunately, bin collection services in Thurrock currently fall far short of what is required and what was promised. We were told there would be ‘teething problems’, but after several weeks with seemingly little or no progress it appears that the issues may be bigger than anticipated.
“Residents have complained to councillors about collections being missed repeatedly; indeed some people have been told to leave the bins out indefinitely because the council is unsure when it will be making the collections. Others still report that their bins haven’t been collected for several weeks.
“These changes have been made to save £300,000, but one has to question how much it is costing to sort out the mess they’ve created. It’s clear this has not been well-handled, with communication failures from the start and significantly more problems than expected.
“Cllr Holloway needs to ensure this improves dramatically in the coming week to stop her so-called ‘teething problems’ becoming a total disaster.”