GREEN BIN SERVICE RESUMES BUT RESIDENTS NOT HAPPY

Local Residents Unhappy with Paid For Service

by For Fleet's Sake
 

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GARDEN WASTE SERVICE FIASCO

The ongoing fiasco of the green garden waste service continued today, with long awaited news that the overflowing bins of Fleet are due to be emptied once more. The on-off saga of the privately paid service has been a source of anger and frustration in the local community this year, as Hart already charges residents top rates for a service that other councils provide as standard.

The service has suffered from many missed collections, with Hart District Council blaming the national HGV driver shortage, although neighbouring Basingstoke and Deane Council, who use the same waste contractor, appear to have been able to provide a more consistent service overall. Serco, the council’s waste contractor has been on the receiving end of a multitude of complaints and failings, from national to local level, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that there are many bins which have been left untouched for months, leading to calls to dump the unpopular waste service.

Initially, Hart District Council refused to guarantee refunds for the missed services, instead offering extensions into the winter months, obviously not a peak time for the gardeners of Fleet to be disposing of green waste. After an intervention by Councillor Steve Forster however, refunds are now an option, although many are still confused by the lack of communication on the subject and the lack of answers from a council that seems to ignore any questions it doesn’t want to see.

So make a note in your diaries, collections start from 22nd November (a week later than Basingstoke and Deane). Make sure you drag your green bin outside…unless it hasn’t moved from the last time we were promised a collection…and let’s see how long it lasts this time. On the bright side, at least you might be able to dispose of your Christmas tree easily this year.

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