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Council are ‘failing to provide regular bin service’.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

BINS on Drumgullion Avenue are still not being lifted on the designated day, months after the issue was highlighted by the Newry Democrat.

Back in May, local man John McCabe contacted this paper to highlight that the brown bin was not being collected at the same time as the black bin. As a result, Mr McCabe said the brown bins were turning into virtual compost heaps, and were also susceptible to vandals.

The day for lifting the black bins is Monday, and Mr McCabe has said that this is only being adhered to on a sporadic basis.

"Once again bins at Drumgullion Avenue, and no doubt in other regions of the Armagh Road in Newry were not lifted on their designated day of Monday," said Mr Mc-Cabe.

"This is no reflection upon council workers, but higher up the council chain with the buck stopping with senior council officials and our elected councillors who are failing to provide a regular designated service yet again.

"I have previously raised this issue of non collection of bins on designated days with our local papers and the response from the council was that there was a nestling in of new rotas to vehicular issues etc.

"Is it not just the case that our council is now providing a substandard service for the people of Newry, Mourne and Down district?"

Mr McCabe also pointed out that one of his neighbours has recently broken her hip and that she is simply not capable of having to put a bin out, only to have to take it back in, and then perhaps rush out with it again when the bin lorry does arrive.

"We as the public are dictated to by the Council as to putting the correct refuse into the correct bins, and placing them out on the correct days which the vast majority of us adhere to," he continued.

"Yet there is an obvious failing of our Council to lift bins on designated days. Leaving bins out overnight to the following day, especially in poor weather conditions, and also exposed to senseless interference by idiots passing by has to be considered.

"It now seems we have a failing refuse collection and our elected councillors should ultimately toe the line and address this regularly occurring issue." A spokesperson for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said: "Newry, Mourne and Down District Council apologises for any issues experienced with refuse collection at Drumgullion Avenue, Newry.

"The Council achieves collection of waste in the vast majority of cases across the district.

"However, on occasions the Council can experience issues preventing refuse collection, for example blocked access or a resource issue within the Council such as a vehicle breakdown.

"In these cases the Council endeavours to collect refuse as soon as possible thereafter and householders are advised to keep their bin out until it has been emptied."

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