Maggots arrive after bins left for a month

Dominic Knight shows the full bins at his mums house in Bradford Street which she says have not been emptied for 4 weeks August 21st 2013 E34229P
Dominic Knight shows the full bins at his mums house in Bradford Street which she says have not been emptied for 4 weeks August 21st 2013 E34229P

Residents are still complaining about a lack of waste collections in town, despite the council’s 98 per cent success rate.

A new waste and recycling scheme was rolled out in Eastbourne at the end of July and the council promised a better service.

Last week, Cllr Gill Mattock, the portfolio holder for finance at Eastbourne Borough Council, told the Herald there had been some ‘teething problems’ but said that 98 percent of households in the borough had not experienced a problem.

However, some of the two per cent have been in touch with the Herald and say they are still suffering with bad smells and maggots.

Davinia Knight, who lives in Bradford Street in Eastbourne, says her bins have not been collected for a month because her street is too narrow.

She said, “They say it is because the street is narrow but there was never a problem before, so I can’t really understand it.

“I have had to now fill the new green re-cycling bin with household rubbish too as have absolutely no room.

“The other night I came home to maggots – my bin is full of them and so is my neighbour Tony’s.

“We cant open our lounge windows as the bins are kept at the front of the house and the flies in this heat are everywhere plus the smell is putrid.”

Davinia and her neighbours have called the council on a number of occasions.

She added, “I’ve also installed a recent app on my phone called Report It Eastbourne I have twice and sent photos but heard nothing.”

Following the Herald getting in touch with the council, the Bradford Street bins were cleared.

A council spokesperson said, “Eastbourne Borough Council and Kier would like to apologise to residents in Bradford Street who have had problems with their waste collections.

“All bins in Bradford Street have now been emptied and this issue has been resolved going forward to avoid a repeat of the problem.”