Parked cars threaten collections

ONE of the main reasons Thurrock people’s waste and recycling collections are missed – often on a regular basis – is because of illegally and inconsiderately parked cars.

Now that the council’s collections are better than ever, the team is looking to take action against the vehicles and owners who are causing problems.

Cllr Victoria Holloway, portfolio holder for environment, said: “In some roads collections are missed on a weekly basis because of people parking their cars in such a way that block access to the bins or the road itself.
“The time has come to do something about it.”

From Wednesday (22 January) vehicles that obstruct collections will have a letter placed on them explaining the problem being caused, and residents living nearby will also receive a letter telling them of the car’s registration number, explaining why collections could not be made.

Cllr Holloway added: “Parked cars have prevented refuse vehicles gaining access in the same areas over and over again.

“If access is blocked, we come back later the same day to try again, but problems with parked cars on a number of streets have prevented a collection on a number of occasions.”

She said: “Our crews speak with the car owners and residents affected by the problem, but still we are confronted each week with the same car being parked in the same place, preventing us doing our job properly.”

She warned: “Ultimately we can remove a car that is causing an obstruction on the highway – and make no mistake that’s exactly what we will do if we have to, we are warning residents that this it is going to happen and we mean it.”

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