Bin men not bin here yet

TWO apparent slips by the boroughs bin men have brought a furious response from residents left with piles of rotting rubbish that have not been cleared. Steven Harisson, of Blake Avenue, Barking, said the rubbish containers on his property had not been e

TWO apparent slips by the boroughs' bin men have brought a furious response from residents left with piles of rotting rubbish that have not been cleared.

Steven Harisson, of Blake Avenue, Barking, said the rubbish containers on his property had not been emptied for at least four weeks up to early March.

This picture was taken on March 2 - the day after Steven rang the POST and just before the bins were finally emptied on the following day.

On March 1, Mr Harrison said: "We keep phoning Barking and Dagenham council about the rubbish collection that we are meant to have every week.


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"We have not had one for over four weeks.

He said the six to seven residents who lived in the block of flats at Eastbury Court who produced quite a number of bags of rubbish and added: "It's only my partner and me in my property, but we have grandkids visiting us.

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"The heaps of rubbish end being torn by animals and created a possible health hazard.

He added: "Cats and foxes are ripping up the bags. It's not long before we will get rats.

"You pay all that council tax and then the rubbish doesn't get collected for weeks. "This is just ridiculous."

He said the remaining properties on the road seemed to get collected.

When the POST rang Mr Harrison last week (March 10) the bins had been emptied.

In Thames View Estate, 12 women were fuming as workers repeatedly missed their weekly collections then came out of the blue on the wrong day emptying bins from alternate bungalows at their sheltered housing complex on Thames View Estate in Barking.

Great-great grandmother Terry Lee, 83, said: "I was very stressed. I have to tell you, I had to see a nurse for my regular blood pressure.

"When she took it, she said 'what's going on with you? Your blood pressure is up'."

Grandmother Sheila Sebra, 71, of Hockley Mews, said: "We're not a bunch of idiots. We're human beings, like everybody else. They get paid for picking up rubbish."

A council spokesman said: "We are sorry if residents in Eastbury Court have had any missed collections over the past few weeks.

"The situation will be monitored closely to make sure the bins are emptied on collection day, which is Monday.

"We will also re-assess the provision of Euro bins in the close to make sure this is adequate for the number of properties.

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