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More overflowing bins cause misery for Brighton and Hove residents

The Argus: Dot Lewis in Hangleton Dot Lewis in Hangleton

Overflowing bins have been causing more misery in Brighton and Hove as the city council continues to struggle to cope with backlogged collections.

The Argus has been contacted by readers reporting missed collections and overflowing bins in the Sevendials, Hangleton and Queen’s Park areas of the city.

Last week Brighton and Hove City Council claimed they were catching up on bin collections after eight refuse vehicles were out of action. Six of the vehicles had been repaired by last Friday, with refuse teams promising to work late to catch up on the backlog. Now, nearly a week on, the council claims the backlog should be resolved by Monday.

The council yesterday also promised to resolve a list of bin problems around the city after being alerted to them by The Argus.

Communal bins in Davidgor Road and Goldsmid Road were spotted overflowing on Monday.

Residents in Sunninghill Close, Hangleton, said they were infuriated by a week of delays.

Dot Lewis, of Sunninghill Close, said: “I phoned CityClean last Thursday – they said they would come out on Saturday and remove the bags the dustmen left on the floor. But they didn’t come.

“I phoned them again on Monday and they must have had a dozen calls from my neighbours.

“The dustmen came on Tuesday afternoon and they still didn’t take the bins.”

Ian Dickson was so disgusted to see the overflowing bins at the gates of Queen’s Park he wrote to CityClean boss John Coober.

Mr Dickson said: “I understand that these rubbish bins were meant to solve the problem of seagulls ripping open refuse sacks on our doorsteps awaiting collection but they have just created problems of their own.”

A council spokeswoman said: “Communal refuse bins should all be emptied by end of yesterday - this includes Davigdor Road and surrounding areas.

“Sunninghill recycling bins have been contaminated with general waste so need to be collected by refuse crews. This should be done by the end of today.

“We are currently clearing refuse from the Saltdean area which was two days behind. Following this, we will move into other areas including Hangleton and aim to have the backlog cleared by Friday.

“The two bins chained up in Park Street will be moved straight away. The bins will be secured onto a locking post away from the wall at the same end of the street.

“We are aiming to have all the backlog of refuse and then recycling cleared by the end of the weekend.”

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6:55am Thu 6 Mar 14

qm says...

Whatever next? Citizens complaining about service again. Don't they know that there are more pressing issues such as wine choices to be resolved?
Whatever next? Citizens complaining about service again. Don't they know that there are more pressing issues such as wine choices to be resolved? qm
  • Score: 10

8:17am Thu 6 Mar 14

salty_pete says...

The Saltdean area is not "2 days behind". The refuse trucks haven't been seen in Saltdean for a week now. I'm beginning to wonder if their "reorganisation" of rounds is intended to replace our old weekly collection with a bi-weekly. It certainly hasn't been "weekly" for weeks !
The Saltdean area is not "2 days behind". The refuse trucks haven't been seen in Saltdean for a week now. I'm beginning to wonder if their "reorganisation" of rounds is intended to replace our old weekly collection with a bi-weekly. It certainly hasn't been "weekly" for weeks ! salty_pete
  • Score: 8

9:01am Thu 6 Mar 14

Take it Personally says...

phone shityclean EVERYDAY until they sort it out, what's their contract worth again???
phone shityclean EVERYDAY until they sort it out, what's their contract worth again??? Take it Personally
  • Score: 10

9:04am Thu 6 Mar 14

Martha Gunn says...

Lucas and Kitcat will only be remembered as the politicians who in the name of so-called 'One-Planet' living brought medieval middens to our 21st Century city.
Lucas and Kitcat will only be remembered as the politicians who in the name of so-called 'One-Planet' living brought medieval middens to our 21st Century city. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 12

12:37pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Pheasant pluckers son says...

Take it Personally wrote:
phone shityclean EVERYDAY until they sort it out, what's their contract worth again???
Isn't cityclean the in house bid. So therefore cityclean doesn't make a penny profit ( hopefully) from the council.
I believe that since the likes of Fosca andEcovert tried to run the services , quite badly for the council , the general opion was never to contract the refuse dept out again as they didn't want it to be in such a bad state ( strikes, bad service ect) as when the private contractors ran it.
Pot n kettle springs to mind. But don't blame the men, its ghost cutting again as usual. Give it a few more years and we'll all be taking our own rubbish to the waste recycling tips. Think how much the council would save then!!
[quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: phone shityclean EVERYDAY until they sort it out, what's their contract worth again???[/p][/quote]Isn't cityclean the in house bid. So therefore cityclean doesn't make a penny profit ( hopefully) from the council. I believe that since the likes of Fosca andEcovert tried to run the services , quite badly for the council , the general opion was never to contract the refuse dept out again as they didn't want it to be in such a bad state ( strikes, bad service ect) as when the private contractors ran it. Pot n kettle springs to mind. But don't blame the men, its ghost cutting again as usual. Give it a few more years and we'll all be taking our own rubbish to the waste recycling tips. Think how much the council would save then!! Pheasant pluckers son
  • Score: 3

1:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

MuammarQaddafi says...

BFI get the job done.
BFI get the job done. MuammarQaddafi
  • Score: 1

3:47pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Richada says...

Take it Personally wrote:
phone shityclean EVERYDAY until they sort it out, what's their contract worth again???
A thumbs up from me here - but sadly you'll be wasting your breath and phone calls.

I've a mountain of emails from them - actually had several phone calls back too - full of apologies and "we're aiming to do better - making BIG changes", however it isn't improving.

The list of excuses grows ever longer and more inventive whilst the service just deteriorates further.
[quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: phone shityclean EVERYDAY until they sort it out, what's their contract worth again???[/p][/quote]A thumbs up from me here - but sadly you'll be wasting your breath and phone calls. I've a mountain of emails from them - actually had several phone calls back too - full of apologies and "we're aiming to do better - making BIG changes", however it isn't improving. The list of excuses grows ever longer and more inventive whilst the service just deteriorates further. Richada
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Richada says...

Pheasant pluckers son wrote:
Take it Personally wrote:
phone shityclean EVERYDAY until they sort it out, what's their contract worth again???
Isn't cityclean the in house bid. So therefore cityclean doesn't make a penny profit ( hopefully) from the council.
I believe that since the likes of Fosca andEcovert tried to run the services , quite badly for the council , the general opion was never to contract the refuse dept out again as they didn't want it to be in such a bad state ( strikes, bad service ect) as when the private contractors ran it.
Pot n kettle springs to mind. But don't blame the men, its ghost cutting again as usual. Give it a few more years and we'll all be taking our own rubbish to the waste recycling tips. Think how much the council would save then!!
Sorry, but in 30 years, we've never had it anywhere near THIS bad!

Four weeks with no collection over Christmas / New year, just ONCE has the rubbish been collected on the (Council's) scheduled day in the last 12 weeks - and, compared to other parts of the city we're doing well!

Cityclean / B&HCC simply don't have a grip on this situation.

It isn't just the rubbish, residents have simply given up on recycling, the rates of which were far higher under the previous administration.

Nobody appears to want to take ultimate responsibility, although there are those in charge certainly being well enough remunerated to do so - earning vastly more than the majority of residents who are paying them for the rubbish service.
[quote][p][bold]Pheasant pluckers son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: phone shityclean EVERYDAY until they sort it out, what's their contract worth again???[/p][/quote]Isn't cityclean the in house bid. So therefore cityclean doesn't make a penny profit ( hopefully) from the council. I believe that since the likes of Fosca andEcovert tried to run the services , quite badly for the council , the general opion was never to contract the refuse dept out again as they didn't want it to be in such a bad state ( strikes, bad service ect) as when the private contractors ran it. Pot n kettle springs to mind. But don't blame the men, its ghost cutting again as usual. Give it a few more years and we'll all be taking our own rubbish to the waste recycling tips. Think how much the council would save then!![/p][/quote]Sorry, but in 30 years, we've never had it anywhere near THIS bad! Four weeks with no collection over Christmas / New year, just ONCE has the rubbish been collected on the (Council's) scheduled day in the last 12 weeks - and, compared to other parts of the city we're doing well! Cityclean / B&HCC simply don't have a grip on this situation. It isn't just the rubbish, residents have simply given up on recycling, the rates of which were far higher under the previous administration. Nobody appears to want to take ultimate responsibility, although there are those in charge certainly being well enough remunerated to do so - earning vastly more than the majority of residents who are paying them for the rubbish service. Richada
  • Score: 3

8:33am Fri 7 Mar 14

ARMANA says...

Friday 7th march, Coldean, hav'nt seen a bin lorry since 28th Feb, Foxes & Seagulls doing well, rubbish blowing all over the place, SHAME ON YOU BRIGHTON COUNCIL, !!
Friday 7th march, Coldean, hav'nt seen a bin lorry since 28th Feb, Foxes & Seagulls doing well, rubbish blowing all over the place, SHAME ON YOU BRIGHTON COUNCIL, !! ARMANA
  • Score: 5

9:24am Fri 7 Mar 14

jamiecp says...

The "anonymous" council spokeswoman is obviously either a blatant liar or completely unaware of the facts regarding the Saltdean collections. The refuse collection for the Longridge, Linchmere and Rodmell Avenues was last collected on 21 February. There has been no sign of a refuse collection vehicle in the area again today, so where do the two days behind come from, unless they are of course at least 168 hours in duration!
The "anonymous" council spokeswoman is obviously either a blatant liar or completely unaware of the facts regarding the Saltdean collections. The refuse collection for the Longridge, Linchmere and Rodmell Avenues was last collected on 21 February. There has been no sign of a refuse collection vehicle in the area again today, so where do the two days behind come from, unless they are of course at least 168 hours in duration! jamiecp
  • Score: 2

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