'It stinks': Dagenham neighbours furious claiming bins not getting emptied
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 August 2018
Neighbours were left fuming claiming their bins had gone unemptied for weeks.
Ron Newman of Langley Gardens, Dagenham, claimed he watched rubbish piling up outside his home for three weeks. And he said 40 other homes in the cul-de-sac suffered the same problem.
Mr Newman said: “It’s getting out of hand. It’s been stinking. It’s terrible. It’s really bad in this hot weather.”
The retired floor fitter added that when his grandchildren visit all they do is stay indoors to avoid the stench and maggots crawling around the black bags.
“I feel like taking it to the council’s offices,” the 70-year-old added. “It’s ridiculous.”
Security guard Ben Shephard of Porters Avenue, Dagenham, said rubbish including nappies from his one-year-old wasn’t being picked up every week.
“You can imagine the smell in this heat. The baby is miserable because we have to shut the windows,” the 25-year-old said.
Jackie Flynn, of Valence Avenue, Dagenham, claimed she and her 85-year-old neighbour haven’t had a regular collection since April.
Barking and Dagenham Council upheld a complaint made in April promising to investigate the situation but Mrs Flynn said she heard nothing back.
“I’m paying council tax and not having it done. I’m a bit miffed. Six months is inconvenient to say the least,” Mrs Flynn said.
Mrs Flynn listed six times when her bins weren’t collected between April and August.
It was only after telling Valence ward Cllr Syed Ghani about the problem that the bins were emptied, she said.
“I’m always on the phone to councillors. I can’t get it done without involving them,” she said.
Both Mrs Flynn and Mr Newham felt so strongly they raised the problem with Barking MP Dame Margaret Hodge.
But a council spokesman challenged the claims arguing waste was collected from Valence Avenue and Langley Gardens.
“Barking and Dagenham offers weekly collections of domestic waste. Where a resident’s bin is missed they are advised to report it and it will be collected within 48 hours.
“There may be circumstances where some residents have parked inappropriately which might prevent the refuse vehicle being able to go past resulting in bins not being collected.”