Chiswick High Road Rubbish Dump
strike by refuse collectors in Hounslow took many people by surprise and Chiswick
High Road saw scenes this week reminiscent of the "Winter of Discontent"
to the short notice given to the Council by the unions there was only a brief
period to provide residents with notice of the strike action. As a consequence
many homes and businesses were unaware that no collections would be taking place
and left their rubbish bags out as normal. In the event reports suggest that,
in residential areas, about 50% of homes made alternative arrangements to stow
or dispose of their refuse.
the High Road however the percentage appeared to be much lower with mountains
of waste appearing very quickly with businesses appearing to be unaware of the
strike or wilfully ignoring the notice. A pile near Burger King at the junction
with Heathfield Terrace reached nearly 6 ft high. Residents near the High Road
are reporting increased sitings of rats and foxes as a consequence.
local commented, "On my road we kept each other informed and took each other's
refuse to the tip so we avoided a stinking pile of rubbish throughout the week.
With a small bit of co-operation local businesses could have done the same. They
need to get themselves properly organised or people will simply stop shopping
on the High Road."
will resume from Monday 11th November. Further
industrial action of this nature is not ruled out. Residents in Ealing borough
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