Seaford: What a load of rubbish!

SEAFORD residents in several roads have not had a recycling collection for four weeks, according to one town councillor.

The delay in the kerbside recycling was caused by local collection dates falling on Bank Holidays.

In certain parts of the town, recycling was last collected on December 19, with the next one due on Monday (January 16), said Councillor Sarah McStravick.

The Alfriston Road resident, who contacted Lewes District Council (LDC), said other councils had rolled household collections a day forward to avoid any major delays of service to residents, but LDC had not done so.

It was explained that this was due to contractual reasons, as to roll everyone’s collection a day forward would mean workers having to work on a Saturday.

Cllr McStravick said, “Regular rubbish collections in the area work to this system already, so why not recycling?

“I appreciate that waste collectors need a Christmas break too, but steps must be put in place to avoid residents losing their recycling services for three-week periods.

“Otherwise we will continue to face similar problems in the future.

“I am particularly concerned for older people and disabled people, who may have difficulty accessing the communal recycling centres and rely on kerbside collections.

“The lack of kerbside recycling collections encourages people to put their usual recycled goods in the main bin, as they know that these would be collected.

“It seems a shame that the positive work the council has achieved in educating people to recycle is being undone due to lack of information and service.”

She added that roads affected were on the Monday recycling B route which covers more than a dozen roads including Alfriston Road, Lexden Road, Blue Haze Avenue, Seafield Close and Ritchington Way.

A spokeswoman for Lewes District Council said, “We are always happy to review our collection services to see how we can do things better next year.

“The kerbside recycling crews work on a district wide collection basis of every two weeks to collect from residents.

“Where there is a Bank Holiday we normally catch up the following week.

“The recent Christmas and New Year included two successive Mondays that were bank holidays and this meant we were not able to catch up in our normal way for a minority of residents.

“Six out of 86 rounds in total were affected, of which three were in Seaford.

“We are sorry that a small number of residents will have had to wait for their next kerbside collection.

“Our staff only had two working days off for Christmas and one for the New Year and worked incredibly hard to collect from the 80 rounds that were scheduled.

“The information about the changed collection dates was published on our website and in District News and we tried to keep residents as up to date as possible about the revised collection dates during the holiday period.”