Cllr: 'Residents deserve a better waste service for their money'

Bucks Free Press: Brian Pearce Brian Pearce

A DISTRICT councilor says many residents are still unhappy at being switched from wheelie bins to bags in the new waste service which has been rolled out.

Cllr Brian Pearce said some residents in Squirrel Lane in High Wycombe have been left unhappy that they now have to put their rubbish out in sacks rather than the wheelie bins.

The Booker and Cressex Wycombe District Councillor said he could not understand why the last contractor could collect bins from this road but the new contractor cannot.

When the new service came into place on October 28 WDC said 100 properties in the district had their bins replaced with sacks, as the cost of providing a vehicle which could go up the narrower roads was not viable.

Sue Robinson, a spokesman for WDC, added this week: "During the initial survey work which we carried out to prepare for the introduction of the new service, we identified just over 900 properties which we could move over from using sacks to wheeled bins for their residual waste.

"Before the new service started there were around 4,500 properties using sacks for their residual waste.(A proportion of these are flats who have a bulk bin store.)"

She added more changes since the new service was introduced have been made but final figures are currently unavailable.

WDC has offered these properties wheelie bins to store their sacks in, if they are worried about the bags becoming damaged.

Cllr Pearce said: "Why can't they have the specific van- people are paying for the service but they are not getting the service they really want.

"This low figure they gave- I find it hard to believe. It is definitely more than 100 houses affected."

Meanwhile missed collections continue to be reported in the district. There are regular updates on the council's website, www.wycombe.gov.uk.

Cllr Pearce has asked for anyone to contact him on 07523 319160 if they have any problems with the conversion from wheelie bins to sacks - not to report problems but so he can keep a record of households affected.

For missed collections or other issues with the service email wasteteam@wycombe.gov.uk or call 01494 586550.

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1:32pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Darren Hayday says...

I went to speak to a resident living at Squirrel Lane recently and had a chat about this. It does seem daft that after an inspection SERCO decided that this area was not suitable for one of their larger rubbish collection Lorries.

I'm looking at making some improvements to the road service at the end stretch, I wonder if that would do anything to change their minds?

I can understand about people living in flats or above shops, etc (getting bags instead of bins) – but then again it is a narrow lane…
I went to speak to a resident living at Squirrel Lane recently and had a chat about this. It does seem daft that after an inspection SERCO decided that this area was not suitable for one of their larger rubbish collection Lorries. I'm looking at making some improvements to the road service at the end stretch, I wonder if that would do anything to change their minds? I can understand about people living in flats or above shops, etc (getting bags instead of bins) – but then again it is a narrow lane… Darren Hayday

1:58pm Fri 6 Dec 13

u r joking says...

This council are not interested they have let serco destroy a collection that worked
This council are not interested they have let serco destroy a collection that worked u r joking

2:59pm Fri 6 Dec 13

tigeran says...

You pays your money you get.......... F**k all!!!
You pays your money you get.......... F**k all!!! tigeran

3:23pm Fri 6 Dec 13

miccles says...

u r joking wrote:
This council are not interested they have let serco destroy a collection that worked
I quite agree, this was the most reliable service the council ever had anything to do with, yesterday, yet another missed collection.
[quote][p][bold]u r joking[/bold] wrote: This council are not interested they have let serco destroy a collection that worked[/p][/quote]I quite agree, this was the most reliable service the council ever had anything to do with, yesterday, yet another missed collection. miccles

5:17pm Fri 6 Dec 13

gordimil says...

Can someone explain why residents in Gordon Road have been switched to sacks for one type of refuse but still retain bins for other types.

I walked along the rubbish strewn road yesterday as the sacks had been blown over and contents dispersed by the wind, at mid day.

So much for the 'health and Safety' aspect of refuse disposal.

If this is the way iot is to be in the future, we may as well all go back to the old system.

Yes the system where it was just thrown out of windows into the roadway.

'Chamber pots' as well.
Can someone explain why residents in Gordon Road have been switched to sacks for one type of refuse but still retain bins for other types. I walked along the rubbish strewn road yesterday as the sacks had been blown over and contents dispersed by the wind, at mid day. So much for the 'health and Safety' aspect of refuse disposal. If this is the way iot is to be in the future, we may as well all go back to the old system. Yes the system where it was just thrown out of windows into the roadway. 'Chamber pots' as well. gordimil

2:31pm Sat 7 Dec 13

jimjam79 says...

seems to be a ongoing problem this new service cotswold way in downley had no new bins and there was a pile of bags by the road for nearly a month!!!
seems to be a ongoing problem this new service cotswold way in downley had no new bins and there was a pile of bags by the road for nearly a month!!! jimjam79

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