Changes to waste collections

Carters Corner near Hailsham. September 9th 2013 E37174P
Carters Corner near Hailsham. September 9th 2013 E37174P

A Cowbeech resident frustrated over the lack of rubbish collection in part of his road said his neighbours had been taking their own waste to the tip because it had not been collected.

Bob Walton joins a number of residents in Wealden who have had problems since the new waste and recycling scheme came in to force at the end of July. The project involves four local authorities – Eastbourne Borough Council, Wealden District Council, Rother District Council and Hastings Borough Council - and has been introduced in a bid to save money and provide better roadside collections.

Mr Walton, who lives in Carters Corner Place off the Cowbeech Road, said he had been taking his recycling to a recyling bank, adding, “I want to add my voice to the many complaints about the dreadful service that Wealden has signed up to and am at the end of my tether as to what I can do as a council tax payer to get somebody from Kier to address this non-collection.

“My neighbours are resorting to taking their waste to the local tip to try and keep the mess down but hey, we pay council tax don’t we?”

He said himself and four other residents in the road have been complaining since the new collection started and he has been in touch with Kier Services.

The 58-year-old contacted the Gazette yesterday (Monday) to say the waste was finally collected at the end of last week and he had received a letter of apology from Kier but that the situation had left residents fed up.

Councillor Rowena Moore, portfolio holder for waste management, said, “I would like to apologise on behalf of Wealden District Council to all households who have received late or inadequate bin collection since the introduction of the new recycling rounds in the District on July 22.

“We have met with Kier and agreed that, to assist completion of the scheduled rounds each day, Kier have commissioned additional resources in the form of a later shift and 3 additional crews and trucks. These crews have been working from Monday 2nd September on shifts from 2-8pm to attend to scheduled collections which are behind time.

“This resource will start at the end of scheduled rounds and work backwards to ensure round completion.”