Time to kick up a stink... again

PUBLISHED: 18:06 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:04 25 August 2010

EARLIER this month the diary reported on Bexley council s rubbish service.

EARLIER this month the diary reported on Bexley council's rubbish service.

Residents of Craymill Square, Crayford, were left reaching for nose pegs at the end of June when overflowing bulk bins were not emptied for more than a week.

We claimed we'd saved the day by calling the council and getting the rubbish collected, but guess what? It's happened again - this time with a stench-vengeance.

Bexley council did not collect rubbish from the estate's 90 dwellings for 11 days, when it's supposed to come twice a week.

The stink bomb-shell came less than two weeks after the council's last mistake on the Crayford route, blamed on "teething problems".

Annoyed resident Terry Philips complained that he, a cleaner and the chair of a neighbouring residents' association, had all called the council to kick them into life.

The 62-year-old said: "I could smell it from my window and one of the neighbours thought her daughter was being sick because of it.

"It's not on in this day and age. They can't say it was because of the strike because they missed two collections on either side of it."

Even when armed with a number provided by the council the last time they fouled up, Mr Philips found the phone was left ringing and ringing, then he was only allowed to leave a message.

"I think we should stop paying the council tax," he fumed.

"People say we'd get locked up, but there's no prison space anyway so I told them not to worry."

A spokesman for Bexley council said: "We apologise to those residents of Craymill Square who have experienced some recent problems with their waste collections.

"We are working with our contractor to ensure they receive their regular twice weekly collection and can confirm that the missed bins have now been collected.

"Unfortunately, the round was allocated to a driver unfamiliar with the schedule, to cover staff holidays.

"We are working to stop this happening again in the future.

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