Spare council cash should be spent on emptying bins, says council group

Spare council cash should be spent on emptying bins, says council group

Spare council cash should be spent on emptying bins, says council group

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Council reserves should be used to enable overflowing bins on Poole streets to be quickly dealt with, it is claimed.

Poole People town centre councillors are proposing this remedy in a bid to prevent rubbish from bins flowing onto pavements, which happens in busy areas in good weather.

Cllr Mark Howell, leader of the group, who along with Cllr Chris Wilson is proposing the motion at the next full council meeting, said: “Poole People does not feel that it is acceptable to allow bins to overflow in times of high visitor numbers as this will inevitably damage the tourism industry and reputation of the borough.”

Town centre and Poole Quay bins can quickly be filled in summer when there are many visitors around and the head of environmental and consumer protection services (ECPS), Shaun Robson, has told councillors it would be “inefficient and unaffordable” to meet peak demand, said Cllr Howell.

“The hot and dry summer this year has put added strain on the refuse collection service and as a result bins have been overflowing at times on locations used by residents and visitors for leisure purposes,” Cllr Howell added.

“The current approach of ECPS is to tolerate this situation on the basis that it does not have the capacity to meet such spikes in refuse creation.”

The motion calls on the council to use reserves in the case of future spikes to ensure that a high standard of refuse collection was maintained in tourist locations.

Resident Bryan Rooney is calling for bigger bins to be provided. “Visitors and people of Poole try to be tidy, but the quay bins are just too small for the activities,” he said. “Not only that, but the gulls pull out the overflow and cause a mess.”

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8:21am Thu 14 Aug 14

RM says...

Well said Poole People. Having penalties in place for people littering comes across as rather ludicrous when the Borough itself isn't emptying litter bins effectively. The reserves are there - use them.
Well said Poole People. Having penalties in place for people littering comes across as rather ludicrous when the Borough itself isn't emptying litter bins effectively. The reserves are there - use them. RM
  • Score: 14

8:32am Thu 14 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

The bin/skip emptying is a priority for our contributing travellers friends.
The town centre priority is way down the list.
Good luck.
The bin/skip emptying is a priority for our contributing travellers friends. The town centre priority is way down the list. Good luck. BIGTONE
  • Score: 18

8:40am Thu 14 Aug 14

cromwell9 says...

Yes there needs to be larger bins in the summer months.
There is bound to be a shortage of staff in the summer months ,emtying bins because they are taking their holidays.
Perhaps the rubbish collection can be out sorced,like they do Purbeck/East Dorset District Council..
The bin men on the whole do a great job.around the streets ,But I have seen one or two parked up at Rockly/Hamworthy park for long periods ,While rubbish is lying about all over the place.
Yes there needs to be larger bins in the summer months. There is bound to be a shortage of staff in the summer months ,emtying bins because they are taking their holidays. Perhaps the rubbish collection can be out sorced,like they do Purbeck/East Dorset District Council.. The bin men on the whole do a great job.around the streets ,But I have seen one or two parked up at Rockly/Hamworthy park for long periods ,While rubbish is lying about all over the place. cromwell9
  • Score: -2

9:24am Thu 14 Aug 14

susi.m says...

Why don't people just take their rubbish home with them??
Why don't people just take their rubbish home with them?? susi.m
  • Score: -4

9:45am Thu 14 Aug 14

steveatbournemouth says...

Bournemouth manages quite well, so it can be done if there is a will.
Bournemouth manages quite well, so it can be done if there is a will. steveatbournemouth
  • Score: 3

9:49am Thu 14 Aug 14

Morrigan says...

Plenty of other towns manage to empty their public bins daily during high season, so why can't Poole do it too? Even Bournemouth manage to do it on Sundays. Twice in recent weeks I have been at Redhill Park with my grandkids and a guy in a small council van drove up, went round and emptied all the bins in the park and left again.

Likewise, if you visit many other seaside towns you will find the bins emptied daily in summer months, so come on Poole - pull your finger out and empty the bins every day!

Overflowing bins and scattered rubbish around them does nothing to keep Poole "a beautiful place" .......
Plenty of other towns manage to empty their public bins daily during high season, so why can't Poole do it too? Even Bournemouth manage to do it on Sundays. Twice in recent weeks I have been at Redhill Park with my grandkids and a guy in a small council van drove up, went round and emptied all the bins in the park and left again. Likewise, if you visit many other seaside towns you will find the bins emptied daily in summer months, so come on Poole - pull your finger out and empty the bins every day! Overflowing bins and scattered rubbish around them does nothing to keep Poole "a beautiful place" ....... Morrigan
  • Score: 4

10:27am Thu 14 Aug 14

GaryC67 says...

Cost cutting as usual, you'd think that the council was for the benefit of some large profit focused company!
What the vast majority of rate payers want is their rubbish emptied, clean tidy streets & the grass cut.
Not much to ask for.
Cost cutting as usual, you'd think that the council was for the benefit of some large profit focused company! What the vast majority of rate payers want is their rubbish emptied, clean tidy streets & the grass cut. Not much to ask for. GaryC67
  • Score: 2

12:26pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Carolyn43 says...

There's no kudos in emptying bins.
There's no kudos in emptying bins. Carolyn43
  • Score: 0

8:43pm Thu 14 Aug 14

tbpoole says...

GaryC67 wrote:
Cost cutting as usual, you'd think that the council was for the benefit of some large profit focused company!
What the vast majority of rate payers want is their rubbish emptied, clean tidy streets & the grass cut.
Not much to ask for.
Not educating pupils, or protecting vulnerable children, or looking after the elderly then?
[quote][p][bold]GaryC67[/bold] wrote: Cost cutting as usual, you'd think that the council was for the benefit of some large profit focused company! What the vast majority of rate payers want is their rubbish emptied, clean tidy streets & the grass cut. Not much to ask for.[/p][/quote]Not educating pupils, or protecting vulnerable children, or looking after the elderly then? tbpoole
  • Score: 1

12:17pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

If the bins are getting filled up too quickly then obviously the rota system is wrong and/or the bins are too small, Not really sure why Mark Howell is trying to make out he is championing a cause here, he is a councillor for the Poole Town ward, so isn't this basically him doing his job.
If the bins are getting filled up too quickly then obviously the rota system is wrong and/or the bins are too small, Not really sure why Mark Howell is trying to make out he is championing a cause here, he is a councillor for the Poole Town ward, so isn't this basically him doing his job. Marty Caine
  • Score: 0

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