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Fury over big rubbish piles

PUBLISHED: 11:03 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 11 August 2010

FAMILIES are furious that their rubbish has not been collected in a fortnight as bins are supposed to be emptied twice a week. Neighbours in Charlton Crescent on the Thames View estate, Barking, have criticised the council for failing to remove the waste

FAMILIES are furious that their rubbish has not been collected in a fortnight as bins are supposed to be emptied twice a week.

Neighbours in Charlton Crescent on the Thames View estate, Barking, have criticised the council for failing to remove the waste - calling it an environmental hazard.

The large communal bins are filled to the brim and residents have had to start leaving their rubbish bags on the ground in the alley.

Many mothers who live in the block of maisonettes beside bins are concerned because their children use the alley to gain access to the field behind.

Theresa Hagan of Charlton Crescent, said: "Nothing has been done about it for well over a week now.

"There's no more room in the bins and it smells disgusting out there.

"I've phoned the council and environmental health and they told me it would be at least 24 hours before they could come to collect it.

"That was days ago and they still haven't come, those bins are supposed to be emptied three times a week.

"A child could get cut on a piece of glass. They all have to walk through the alley where the bins are to get to the big field out the back.

"It's definitely a health issue. My garden fence backs on to the bins and I can't stand it anymore."

The communal bins at Charlton Crescent are normally collected on Tuesdays and Fridays.

A council spokesman said: "The bins at Charlton Crescent are collected twice each week, usually on Tuesdays and Fridays.

"The council missed one of those collections due to a mechanical breakdown, but the rubbish picked up the very next day.

We would like to apologise to the people of Charlton Crescent for making their collection a day late.

"Nevertheless, this council continues to provide some of the best domestic refuse collection services in London.


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