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Harrow Borough Council apologises for leaving Stanmore bins to overflow
Harrow Borough Council has apologised for failing to provide enough bin collections over Christmas.
Residents of Elizabeth Gardens, Stanmore, were “very angry” because bins outside their homes were left to overflow.
Pensioner Colin Gray, 76, told the Harrow Times that between December 22 and January 11 the dustbins outside his block of 50 flats were only emptied once.
He says that the bins, which are normally emptied every Friday, overflowed leaving the ground littered with everything from used nappies to food waste.
Mr Gray, who has lived in the street for 30 years, said: “We were very angry. The council wasn’t taking any notice of us. Other streets seemed to be cleared but I think we just got missed.
“I am always worried that we will be neglected. I can only hope that this problem will be addressed before next Christmas.”
Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for environment and community safety, Councillor Phillip O’Dell, said: “The council had a few operational issues with the bin collection for Elizabeth Gardens over the Christmas period.
“We have since cleared the bins and have revisited the site to give it a further clean.
“Harrow Council is committed to keeping our borough clean, green and safe, and we are very sorry for any distress caused to residents.”