Southfield Waste Collection Still 'Rubbish'

Survey finds street with most problems is St Alban's Avenue


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The Southfield ward councillors say they have been "inundated" with responses to their survey on Ealing council's waste collection and street cleansing.

Only 21% (one in five people) said they thought that the quality of street cleansing and litter picking in the area was good or very good. In terms of the collection of household waste and recyclables, 70% of residents thought the service was less than good. A total of 78% of residents had contacted the Council to report problems with the waste collection.

The street with the most issues was St Albans Avenue. One resident told the survey; "During our Monday collection, so much recyclable rubbish is left on the road and there is NO cleaner to pick it up afterwards."

Cllr Gary Busuttil said: "Thank you for letting us know your views on this. We will pass on your comments to the Council so they can be told that improvements are needed in many of our local streets. If you have any other issues you would like us to assist you with, please reply to this email with your questions."

The Liberal Democrat councillors say they believe the waste contractor has had enough chances. For the past 18 months, Ealing Council’s contractor for street sweeping and waste collections, has continued to perform below par.

Councillor Andrew Steed said: “Despite many promises of improving their quality of work they continue to let residents down. In the local elections next year you will have the chance to tell Ealing Council you want a contractor than can do the job properly. They have let residents down, time after time. A Liberal Democrat Council would take firm action to either remove the contactor or ensure that the fines that are due, are paid.”

Streets in the Southfield Ward area have continued to be the “worst in the borough” for dirt and litter, according to local Councillor Gary Malcolm, who said recently that if he bought a brush he could do a better job himself.

November 8, 2013

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