Parts of Weston ‘become a dumping ground’ amid waste collection issues

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 June 2018

Rubbish in Monkton Avenue. Picture: Olive Bradley

Rubbish in Monkton Avenue. Picture: Olive Bradley

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Dozens of waste collections have been missed in Weston-super-Mare with bin men claiming their rounds are too big, to the frustration of homeowners who face growing piles of rubbish.

Rubbish in Monkton Avenue. Picture: Olive BradleyRubbish in Monkton Avenue. Picture: Olive Bradley

Since North Somerset Council made changes to collection dates at the start of the month, Westonians have complained of missed pickups leaving bins and recycling boxes overflowing.

And the Mercury has seen reports of incomplete collections across North Somerset since the changes, with dozens of roads being missed on some days.

Many were missed because crews are being given too many roads to cover. Other collections have been missed because drivers started shifts late, and some were given incorrect routes.

Collection problems have been felt on Weston’s Oldmixon estate, where bin bags have been left untouched for weeks.

Rubbish in Monkton Avenue. Picture: Olive BradleyRubbish in Monkton Avenue. Picture: Olive Bradley

South Ward councillor Ian Parker told the Mercury parts of the estate ‘have become a dumping ground and it is getting worse’.

He said: “Every week I get a phone call about rubbish piling up. It is a massive problem and the council needs to do something about it.”

Olive Bradley, who lives in Monkton Avenue, said the problem is ‘very upsetting’ for people on the estate.

She added: “It’s terrible and very upsetting to see massive piles of rubbish every Monday morning.

Rubbish in Monkton Avenue. Picture: Olive BradleyRubbish in Monkton Avenue. Picture: Olive Bradley

“It is clear things will not get any better until something changes, I have complained to the council many times and have heard nothing back.

“Seagulls come and break the bags and everyone driving down Winterstoke Road can see rubbish spread across Aller Parade.”

The council hopes the issues will be resolved by its contractor Biffa by the next collection.

Biffa took over North Somerset’s kerbside collections in March 2017, inking a £10million-a-year contract – and the contractor has vowed to amend issues with round sizes in the coming weeks.

Rubbish in Monkton Avenue. Picture: Olive BradleyRubbish in Monkton Avenue. Picture: Olive Bradley

A council spokesman said: “Some of the rounds are too big and need to be re-balanced.

“This is a normal process during a re-route as no matter how good the background information and computer software used to calculate the round sizes is there will be a need to do a minor adjustment once the rounds are being done.

“Biffa has someone working on this over the next few weeks and the rounds should be re-balanced by the next collection.”

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