Rubbish pile-up stench in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 09:35 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:16 05 September 2017

The overflowing bins at St. Joseph's Green. Picture: Danny Loo

The overflowing bins at St. Joseph's Green. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Furious Welwyn Garden City residents say they are unable to open their windows due to the “terrible “ smell coming from uncollected rubbish outside their flats.

The building containing the overflowing bins at St. Joseph's Green. Picture: Danny LooThe building containing the overflowing bins at St. Joseph's Green. Picture: Danny Loo

People living in St Joseph’s Green claim recycling has not been collected since March and household waste has not been collected

for over a month.

Norma Carter, who lives in a ground floor flat with her husband, says she is “furious” about the overflowing waste.

She is especially concerned that it could increase the risk of infection for her husband who is due to start chemotherapy later this month.

Mrs Carter told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “This storeroom for rubbish is opposite my kitchen and dining area.

“We are unable to open these windows due to the offensive smells coming from the storeroom.

“The smell is terrible.

“There is rubbish on the floor and the large bins are overflowing.”

Mrs Carter, who is retired, says she has phoned Serco twice in the last two weeks to complain.

She said: “They let it go over their head and do nothing.”

A council spokesman said: “We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused, and would like to reassure residents that measures are being taken to ensure future collections take place as scheduled.

“The bins will be emptied, with excess waste cleared.

“We ask that all residents report missed bins to us directly as soon as possible by calling 01707 357000 or emailing contact-whc@welhat.gov.uk”

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