If you thought that the images of over-flowing wheelie bins around the borough, after numerous missed collections by Croydon’s rubbish contractors, Veolia, were bad enough, this scene (above), at Forestdale should be very troubling indeed.
The photograph was taken before the weekend, and submitted by our loyal reader.
The recycling bins were full to overflowing even before the Christmas break.
Since then, residents have taken to dumping their black bin bags where they can, and over the course of a just a fortnight, the unattended civic amenity site has become a landfill tip.
It’s clearly a hazard to public health, and a bonanza for rats, foxes and vermin.
One loyal reader has compared the scenes around the borough to the notorious “Winter of Discontent”, in 1978-1979, when local authority workers across the country went on strike for a prolonged period. It was what ultimately broke the Labour government of James Callaghan, leading to the election of Thatcher, and all that followed.
Thing is, those piles of rubbish 40 years ago were because the bin men were on strike.
Croydon’s piles of rubbish in 2019 are building up while Veolia are still at work. And Council Tax-payers are footing the bill for this “service”.
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