Labour urges voters to “dump this rubbish mayor” in May
Frustrated residents have reported almost 25,000 uncollected rubbish and recycling bins since the current mayor Lutfur Rahman came to power, new figures have revealed. The scale of the rubbish problem has shocked opposition councillors who described the revelation as “one of the most damning examples of Lutfur Rahman’s incompetence”.
The 24,809 missed collections only includes those where residents have actively contacted the Council to report the missed collection. With so many residents resorting to formal complaints Labour have called on the Council to take immediate action to uncover the true scale of missed bin collections in the borough, suggesting that many residents wouldn’t have the time to report them.
Labour’s spokesperson for the Environment, Cllr Helal Abbas, said:
“Collecting the bins is a bread and butter issue. Twenty-five thousand bins lying around the borough clearly shows Lutfur Rahman isn’t even up to the basics of running a Council.”
“It might not be the most exciting thing in the world but residents expect a competent council to be able to collect the bins. Hopefully this latest debacle will show people why the need to dump this rubbish mayor in May.”
Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
"This is a good example of how local people are being let down. Uncollected waste is not just a public health hazard but creates an impression of neglect that can lead to insecurity and higher risk of crime."