There is continued uncertainty over when North Herts residents can expect a ‘business as usual’ standard of waste collection service, following an overview and scrutiny meeting last night.
North Herts councillors will be discussing a report which highlights issues with the waste and recycling contract at an overview and scrutiny meeting tonight.
Confusion has emerged about whether the partnership between North Herts District Council and waste collectors Urbaser is contractually binding.
A Royston woman has described the waste collection services in North Herts as “disgraceful”, having been left with an uncollected garden waste bin for six weeks.
The councillor responsible for North Hertfordshire’s waste collections has been accused of being out of touch after he alleged “certain factions” were exaggerating problems.
Garden waste collections were not completed on time in Baldock, Royston and many North Herts villages this week.
A large number of food waste caddies in Letchworth, Baldock and the surrounding area were not collected on time this week, with many still outstanding.
A lady from Royston who said she’s at the end of her tether after her food waste caddy was collected once in six weeks has challenged the council to visit her home and see the problems for themselves.
The contractor now handling North Hertfordshire district’s waste and recycling says a data issue that plagued its work for the first month has been fixed.
The Govia Thameslink railway contract will never work, but North Hertfordshire’s crisis-hit waste contract will – that was the line last night from the councillor responsible.
The new waste and recycling contractor has had “issues with the reliability of data” of those who signed up to the garden waste collection service, North Herts District Council has said this afternoon.
An elderly lady living with Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses has said it’s “absolutely disgusting” that her bins have not been collected from her Royston home for more than a month.
Brown bins have been left uncollected in Royston and the surrounding North Herts villages for more than a week – causing residents to brand the situation “unbelievable”.
A new opt-in garden waste service is being made available for North Herts residents starting in May, which will be chargeable at £40 per year.
The new waste contractor for North and East Hertfordshire has today been announced as the two authorities enter a joint contract.