Over twelve hundred bins are sitting uncollected each month according to Council figures obtained by Labour. The long awaited figures for the number of missed bin collections reported by residents show the borough-wide picture after it was revealed earlier this year that Bow alone had seen 667 missed collections over three months.
Labour have branded the failure to collect over 1,200 bins a month a ‘huge embarrassment” for the Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman saying he is “failing to get to grips with the Council’s most basic services”. The opposition politicians stress that these ‘reported’ missed collections represent only the tip of the iceberg as many people do not actually report a missed collection to the Council.
The Mayor has previously been criticised for his decision to cut street cleaning services and introduce charging for bulk rubbish collection and pest eradication services. These concerns have been amplified by the missed bin collection figures as concerns grow about the state of the streets in Tower Hamlets.
Labour’s spokesperson for the Environment, Cllr Helal Abbas, said:
“Almost 4,000 missed bin collections in three months is a huge embarrassment for the Mayor. When he is failing to get to grips with the Council’s most basic services residents bill be wondering what other things he is missing.
“Collecting the bins is the Council’s most basic task. When a Mayor can’t get that right people will really start to question if he is up to the job.”