FED up residents have accused Solihull Council of blundering over rubbish collections.
As the new Lib Dem/Labour authority faced mounting citicism of its handling of the issue residents were left dealing with swathes of uncollected black bin bags attracting rats.
New directives controlling the amount of rubbish collected came into force from May 31 this year but, say some councillors, many people remain unaware or in the case of flats and low rise properties, have not had new purple bags delivered.
Councillor Debbie Evans (Con Kingshurst & Fordbridge) said: “Many residents have said they haven’t had letters warning them that side waste will not be collected from May 31 and people in low rise blocks have not had purple bags so they are carrying on putting rubbish out in black bin bags. I have had five calls today about rats and residents say they are being charged to get rid of them.”
Meanwhile a couple in Nineacres Drive in Fordbridge said the council policy of not collecting black bin bags had led to many being dumped behind their property.
They said: “We live where there is a walkway so we can’t have wheelie bins and lots of people just dump their bags and we get the blame. It’s attracting rats.”
Councillor Bob Sleigh (Con Bickenhill) added: “When the new system came in a number of people clearly hadn’t got the communication or even the purple bags so they have continued to put out their black bin bags. These have been left on the street.”
In Chelmsley Wood, Councillor Alf Hill (Labour) agreed ‘there was a lot of work to be done’.
“It isn’t rocket science and residents are entitled to feel angry. I can assure you if there is rubbish uncollected this week I will be straight on to officers.”
Councillor Tim Hodgson, cabinet member for environment said: “We have visited the homes of residents who live on Nineacres Drive to ensure they are aware that their rubbish must be placed in purple sacks and to provide them with more if they have run out.
“Residents should have enough purple sacks to use at a rate of two per week. This gives them the same capacity as those with a black wheelie bin.”