Colchester Council binmen dumped stinking rubbish on my drive

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Dumped – Ian Oxborrow outside his home, with rubbish piled up on his driveway Dumped – Ian Oxborrow outside his home, with rubbish piled up on his driveway

A COLCHESTER resident is bemused after binmen gathered his street’s rubbish, dumped it on his driveway and left it for a week.

Ian Oxborrow, 30, put his black bags and clear plastic recycling rubbish out for collection outside his Apprentice Drive home as usual the night before his regular collection on Good Friday.

As he left for work in London that morning, he saw his recycling had been picked up. But he returned to find his and his neighbours’ black bags and been collected and left blocking his driveway.

Because of the Easter holidays, father-of-one Mr Oxborrow waited until Tuesday to contact Colchester Council and was told an “urgent” message would be passed to the authority’s waste collection team.

But the rubbish, which had been ransacked by foxes and was becoming increasingly smelly, was not picked up for nearly a week.

Mr Oxborrow said: “We have a lot of foxes around here and the rubbish has become a problem. It’s just a stinking mess.

“The woman I got through to was very sympathetic, but sympathy doesn’t magic away the rubbish bags.

“She said she would forward on my issue and tagged it as urgent, but the council’s idea of urgency is clearly different to mine.”

He added: “They left it on my driveway and in my garden, and they left a lot of it. It stinks and it’s a big mess.”

The rubbish was finally picked up on Thursday evening after 6pm, after Mr Oxborrow contacted a Mile End councillor.

Colchester Council did not respond to requests for a comment.

Comments (13)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:00pm Mon 16 Apr 12

acstua says...

I live just behind Mr Oxborrow and i've had nothing but trouble with Colchester Councils bin men, they have forced open the bin shed (even tho they have keys) broken all the frame, bent the metal door stay and then just leave the place open to any animals to get in... the last i heard from them was that they would make sure the binmen use the key to open the shed, they still havent managed that, and now even worse it seems they cant even manage to take rubbish away!! i do wonder what we pay taxes for sometimes.... feel sorry for Mr Oxborrow, i saw it over the weekend and wondered why there was a huge pile of ripped open rubbish right next to the front door.. maybe now the council have cleared that mess they can come sort the rest of the mess they have created!
I live just behind Mr Oxborrow and i've had nothing but trouble with Colchester Councils bin men, they have forced open the bin shed (even tho they have keys) broken all the frame, bent the metal door stay and then just leave the place open to any animals to get in... the last i heard from them was that they would make sure the binmen use the key to open the shed, they still havent managed that, and now even worse it seems they cant even manage to take rubbish away!! i do wonder what we pay taxes for sometimes.... feel sorry for Mr Oxborrow, i saw it over the weekend and wondered why there was a huge pile of ripped open rubbish right next to the front door.. maybe now the council have cleared that mess they can come sort the rest of the mess they have created! acstua

9:51pm Mon 16 Apr 12

stewchambers says...

Bin men have regularly left out binshed doors open, dropped/spilt rubbish on the floor or just failed to turn up at all. Council telephony team always take notes but remedial action is often slow. Often just resort to cleaning up myself as I've lost the will to phone them time and again for the same old issues.
Bin men have regularly left out binshed doors open, dropped/spilt rubbish on the floor or just failed to turn up at all. Council telephony team always take notes but remedial action is often slow. Often just resort to cleaning up myself as I've lost the will to phone them time and again for the same old issues. stewchambers

1:57pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Ritchie_Hicks says...

The hypocrisy of Colchester Borough Council never ceases to amaze me. Their website says a resident could be fined up to £1000 for putting our refuse on the wrong day.

So who will fine the Council if they fail to collect it on the day? And if the Council don’t collect it, should I take it back on to my property in fear of being fined?

I find this unacceptable. It gives totalling conflicting signals to the public and smacks of double standards!
The hypocrisy of Colchester Borough Council never ceases to amaze me. Their website says a resident could be fined up to £1000 for putting our refuse on the wrong day. So who will fine the Council if they fail to collect it on the day? And if the Council don’t collect it, should I take it back on to my property in fear of being fined? I find this unacceptable. It gives totalling conflicting signals to the public and smacks of double standards! Ritchie_Hicks

2:50pm Tue 17 Apr 12

TheCaptain says...

Has the Council ever fined anyone? No.

At no point has any one stated they have seen the bin men do this. So everything is pure guess work.
Has the Council ever fined anyone? No. At no point has any one stated they have seen the bin men do this. So everything is pure guess work. TheCaptain

3:52pm Tue 17 Apr 12

acstua says...

Do what?
I've seen them pulling hard at the binshed door,
also i've seen them taking the rubbish up to the road and leaving it there for pickup by the truck.

I also read about them having issues with brokendown trucks, maybe thats why it got left behind..
Do what? I've seen them pulling hard at the binshed door, also i've seen them taking the rubbish up to the road and leaving it there for pickup by the truck. I also read about them having issues with brokendown trucks, maybe thats why it got left behind.. acstua

4:29pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Martin Goss says...

Hello acstua - Please contact me on 07912 396335 or email gossmartin@hotmail.c
om as I would like to help with your binstore issue. I also helped Mr Oxborrow get this rubbish removed when he contacted me about it last week.
Hello acstua - Please contact me on 07912 396335 or email gossmartin@hotmail.c om as I would like to help with your binstore issue. I also helped Mr Oxborrow get this rubbish removed when he contacted me about it last week. Martin Goss

8:21pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Ritchie_Hicks says...

TheCaptain wrote:
Has the Council ever fined anyone? No.

At no point has any one stated they have seen the bin men do this. So everything is pure guess work.
I've seen it happen for years. It's a method the workers use to speed up collections (they send a guy ahead on foot to stack it).
[quote][p][bold]TheCaptain[/bold] wrote: Has the Council ever fined anyone? No. At no point has any one stated they have seen the bin men do this. So everything is pure guess work.[/p][/quote]I've seen it happen for years. It's a method the workers use to speed up collections (they send a guy ahead on foot to stack it). Ritchie_Hicks

7:34am Wed 18 Apr 12

co2 says...

every week there are bags left ripped open by binmen making the streets look like rubbish tips,reporting it takes 2 days to clear up.
every week there are bags left ripped open by binmen making the streets look like rubbish tips,reporting it takes 2 days to clear up. co2

8:53am Wed 18 Apr 12

TheCaptain says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
TheCaptain wrote:
Has the Council ever fined anyone? No.

At no point has any one stated they have seen the bin men do this. So everything is pure guess work.
I've seen it happen for years. It's a method the workers use to speed up collections (they send a guy ahead on foot to stack it).
My comment was about this particular incident not what people have seen in the past. Just trying for fact no speculation.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheCaptain[/bold] wrote: Has the Council ever fined anyone? No. At no point has any one stated they have seen the bin men do this. So everything is pure guess work.[/p][/quote]I've seen it happen for years. It's a method the workers use to speed up collections (they send a guy ahead on foot to stack it).[/p][/quote]My comment was about this particular incident not what people have seen in the past. Just trying for fact no speculation. TheCaptain

9:02am Wed 18 Apr 12

wellnow says...

the captain is clearly not fit to be in charge of the ship.
the captain is clearly not fit to be in charge of the ship. wellnow

9:37am Wed 18 Apr 12

TheCaptain says...

My point wellnow is that there is no proof of who did what.
My point wellnow is that there is no proof of who did what. TheCaptain

3:53pm Thu 19 Apr 12

wellnow says...

i wouldn't want a group of stinking dustmen siting on my drive for a week.
i wouldn't want a group of stinking dustmen siting on my drive for a week. wellnow

5:10pm Fri 20 Apr 12

Ozzie says...

Shouldn't the final comment have been 'Colchester Council REFUSE to speak about the situation'.
Shouldn't the final comment have been 'Colchester Council REFUSE to speak about the situation'. Ozzie

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree