Cleansing - Increasingly a misnomer! Poor service provision and continuing failures
to address the squalor and filth on our streets. The ‘Our Exeter’ team have endeavoured
to resolve a variety of cleansing issues for years and only experienced deteriorating
‘Our Exeter’ are currently exploring why Cleansing aren’t actually cleansing. Clearly,
taking a broom for a ride around the streets of our communities must be for the benefit
of the broom, the streets and gutters certainly aren’t seeing any benefit from this
Community representative currently awaiting reply from Exeter City Council in response
to 5 page document highlighting their failings and if or how they intend to resolve
them. We will publish their comments as soon as they are available.
Latest - ECC’s response received and pertinent points will be added soon.
For Information -
Following the introduction of unwanted fortnightly rubbish collections there have
been many problems relating to storage of waste. Additional black bins can be requested
from Cleansing but will only be issued to properties with 6 occupants or more. Given
that the vast majority of properties in our community do not fulfil ECC’s required
occupancy level (although many have 4/5 occupants), and produce far more rubbish
than can be hygienically stored for up to two weeks, precisely how do ECC intend
to rectify this situation? ‘Our Exeter’ understand the need to increase levels of
recycling but would like to inform them that their current system is failing in every
16th January, 2011
Ministers tried to cover up a Government-funded report which linked fortnightly rubbish
collections with an increased health risk from rats, flies and seagulls.
The World Health Organisation has called for weekly rubbish collections to protect
The report found that ending weekly collections would "significantly alter the pest
infestation rates and hence the disease transmission at source", while vermin and
insects could be "encouraged into the home environment".
However, the Government kept the £27,000 study, by the Central Science Laboratory,
under wraps and ministers were only forced to release it when the Conservatives tabled
a series of parliamentary questions.
In June 2007, Ben Bradshaw, then an environment minister, claimed there was "no evidence
in published studies" to indicate a link between cutting collections and increased
risks to health.
Eric Pickles, the shadow local government minister, said last night: "Ministers have
been caught red-handed trying to hide worrying research from the Government's own
scientists. There is a clear health risk from cuts to weekly rubbish collections,
as will become apparent in the summer as temperatures increase.
"Under Gordon Brown, local residents are paying exorbitant levels of council tax
but are failing to get decent public services in return.
"People genuinely want to improve recycling and go green, but Labour's approach of
forcing rubbish cuts is not the answer, as it will harm the local environment and
Separate government figures show that 169 councils out of 350 across England have
now ended weekly bin collections – up from 140 councils in April last year.
Official guidance from the government quango, Wrap, has told town halls how to get
rid of weekly collections and overcome "public resistance". It advised the cuts should
be done after local elections to stop people voting against them, and in the autumn
or winter so that residents would not immediately notice the extra smells and vermin.
This is despite the fact that the World Health Organisation has called for weekly
rubbish collections to protect public health. The report is understood to have been
commissioned by ministers in 2005 and completed in 2006.