Bins ‘left to fester’ across Harrow because of strike action

Bins ‘left to fester’ because of strike action

Bins ‘left to fester’ because of strike action

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Thousands of rubbish bins are being “left to fester” in summer heat due to strike action, says the leader of the council's opposition.

On Thursday last week more than 600 staff from Harrow Borough Council walked out as part of a national public sector strike.

As a result, bin collections for the borough were severely affected, with many households not having their waste collected.

Harrow Council says there will be no extra replacement collections and people will have to wait up to three weeks to have some waste removed.

Leader of the Conservative group Councillor Susan Hall said: “We’re not talking about just few bins here, but nearly 20,000 of them which are likely full, and which are going to be left to fester for a fortnight in the summer heat.

“Labour’s endorsement of this strike has left Harrow exposed to more industrial action in the future, with unions thinking they can get away with it.

“It’s our residents who are, quite literally in some cases, being left to clean up the mess.”

Cllr Hall, who spoke out against the strikes last week, has attacked Labour leader of the council Councillor David Perry for his support of the industrial action.

She said: “By backing the strikes, Cllr Perry and his Labour Group made it clear they are not on the side of Harrow’s residents, and gave free rein to their union friends to cause chaos.

“It’s quite clear Labour owes Harrow residents an apology for making an already bad situation even worse.”

In the run up to the Thursday’s walk out, Cllr Perry said the council’s Labour administration recognised the union’s right to strike.

Members of public sector unions Unison, GMB, Unite, the NUT and the FBU from across the country joined in the day of action in the dispute over pay.

Was your rubbish not collected because of the strike? Get in contact with the Harrow Times by calling 07824 530112 or emailing bthain@london.newswquest.co.uk

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3:03pm Tue 15 Jul 14

SeaBee says...

All the festering waste will be picked up next week, non-festering waste the week after. Councillor Hall has very clean waste, you might think that it was freshly put in the bin for the photo-op.
All the festering waste will be picked up next week, non-festering waste the week after. Councillor Hall has very clean waste, you might think that it was freshly put in the bin for the photo-op. SeaBee
  • Score: -6

8:06pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Harrow Alan says...

SeaBee wrote:
All the festering waste will be picked up next week, non-festering waste the week after. Councillor Hall has very clean waste, you might think that it was freshly put in the bin for the photo-op.
Speak for yourself - my green bin isn't going to be collected until 24th July now. It was already full when it was supposed to be collected, full of food wrappings and cat litter I might add. So that will be nice after sitting outside for two more weeks. Remember you're also supposed to put disposable nappies in green bins. I can't imagine what that would be like.

Looking at the photo, that's clearly her recycling bin, so of course it's going to be filled with pretty clean rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]SeaBee[/bold] wrote: All the festering waste will be picked up next week, non-festering waste the week after. Councillor Hall has very clean waste, you might think that it was freshly put in the bin for the photo-op.[/p][/quote]Speak for yourself - my green bin isn't going to be collected until 24th July now. It was already full when it was supposed to be collected, full of food wrappings and cat litter I might add. So that will be nice after sitting outside for two more weeks. Remember you're also supposed to put disposable nappies in green bins. I can't imagine what that would be like. Looking at the photo, that's clearly her recycling bin, so of course it's going to be filled with pretty clean rubbish. Harrow Alan
  • Score: 9

10:26pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Yogesh says...

Reminder, Labour are going for 3 weekly collections on some bins. This could be the trial for the future.
Reminder, Labour are going for 3 weekly collections on some bins. This could be the trial for the future. Yogesh
  • Score: 6

6:42pm Wed 16 Jul 14

pravinshah1 says...

Nothing exciting is happening at the Harrow council level. Such a lack of conflict must be very frustrating for the leader of the Tory opposition and therefore her capitalising on the recent action by public service unions is somewhat understandable.

Cllr Hall, who spoke out against the industrial action, attacks the administration for its alleged support of the strike and claims in a photo news that bins are being "left to fester” in summer heat where a comment in the local newspaper reads, "Councillor Hall has very clean waste, you might think that it was freshly put in the bin for the photo-op” – the photo contents look very fresh and clean indeed!

One wonders about any usefulness of sour grapes comments on social media or in the local newspaper columns from Cllr Hall and some of her little group of supporters.
Nothing exciting is happening at the Harrow council level. Such a lack of conflict must be very frustrating for the leader of the Tory opposition and therefore her capitalising on the recent action by public service unions is somewhat understandable. Cllr Hall, who spoke out against the industrial action, attacks the administration for its alleged support of the strike and claims in a photo news that bins are being "left to fester” in summer heat where a comment in the local newspaper reads, "Councillor Hall has very clean waste, you might think that it was freshly put in the bin for the photo-op” – the photo contents look very fresh and clean indeed! One wonders about any usefulness of sour grapes comments on social media or in the local newspaper columns from Cllr Hall and some of her little group of supporters. pravinshah1
  • Score: -5

8:43pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Harrow Alan says...

Shah I can assure you, from reading comments from you and your disgraced colleague Husain Akhtar on here and in the local papers for many years, that we're certainly convinced of your lack of usefulness.

In fact given what is known about Akhtar using other peoples names to spread his rubbish, I suspect I'm replying to the man himself right now.

I'd say why don't you spend some more time with your friends and family instead, but I wonder if your tragic little bromance of hatred is all you've got going for you.
Shah I can assure you, from reading comments from you and your disgraced colleague Husain Akhtar on here and in the local papers for many years, that we're certainly convinced of your lack of usefulness. In fact given what is known about Akhtar using other peoples names to spread his rubbish, I suspect I'm replying to the man himself right now. I'd say why don't you spend some more time with your friends and family instead, but I wonder if your tragic little bromance of hatred is all you've got going for you. Harrow Alan
  • Score: 9

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