OUT IN THE FIELD: Eastbourne garden waste collection is rubbish
If the last fortnight is anything to go by, what a load of rubbish the new garden waste scheme in Eastbourne is turning out to be. Across the town, council tax payers duly paid the £52 annual charge, put stickers on their brown bins and left them out to be collected. Their collection days came and went and the bins remained empty leading to a massive backlog, we are told, due to the powers that be at council contractors Kier not putting out enough vehicles on the rounds. Apparently Kier reduced the number of collection trucks to just one and quite understandably the vehicle and its crew members, who are not to blame for this shambles, couldn’t cope. Important looking men in nice shiny Eastbourne and Lewes councils van visited various streets checking who had stickers on their bins. I gather in one road they looked at bins to inspect aforementioned stickers and peered inside, presumably to make sure people weren’t trying to sneak in a dead body or two. The council says the take up of the garden waste collection scheme has been phenomenal. In that case would it not perhaps have been better if Kier had waited to measure uptake before getting rid?