Well, that bit of the coronavirus emergency, with staff off sick or isolating, didn’t last long.
Just a week after suspending the rubbish contractor Veolia’s garden waste collection service, Croydon Council yesterday announced that the service is to resume.
The announcement can surely have had nothing to do with the bankrupt council having it pointed out to them that, when you take payments of £65 per year from thousands of households around the borough, you enter into a contract with them which demands that you provide that service.
Nor can it have anything to do with criticism of the cackhanded manner in which the council’s communications department failed to… well… communicate the problems that the Veolia garden waste staff were having.
And it certainly has absolutely nothing to do with Croydon Tories saying that they were going to “investigate” the circumstances of the suspension of the service.
Croydon suspended the garden waste service on January 6. The council never bothered emailing its customers this decision, nor do anything as obvious as tweet the situation to their 21,000 followers.
But yesterday, the council’s official Twitter account broadcast to anyone who might be interested: “Our garden waste crews are back on the road!
“Please leave your bins out on your scheduled collection day and we will collect any extra waste. We’re still operating with a reduced workforce due to covid-19, but we hope to have more staff back next week. Thanks for your patience.”
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