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By Kelly-Ann Kiernan , Chief Reporter
Sunday, April 15, 2012
BAGS of festering rubbish have sat outside a block of flats for FOUR weeks, leaving residents angry.
Despite calls to complain, single mum Beverley Amor was frustrated no-one was listening, so contacted the WHT.
She said: “It was four weeks on Monday, it’s absolutely disgusting.
“There are rats running about.”
Ms Amor, mum to Carly, 11, told the WHT the bins kept being missed, and she was considering refusing to pay the council tax, for their home in Roe Green Lane, Hatfield.
Her partner Robert Clarke said the situation was “beyond ridiculous”.
He said: “This is the second time this year they haven’t taken it for weeks.
“There’s two bins here for two blocks of flats and it’s not enough.
“There must be 100 black bags down there and stacked 3ft above the top of the bins.”
He added: “It’s a health hazard and it’s disgusting.”
But within hours of our call to Welwyn Hatfield Council, its contractor Serco turned up to clear the site.
A council spokeswoman blamed inconsiderate parking for blocking access for Serco’s refuse trucks.
She said: “On occasions, access to Roe Green Lane by large refuse freighters, can be difficult due to the number of parked cars in that location.
“The customer submitted a formal complaint on April 2, which is currently being investigated. We will work with Serco to resolve any issues we find.”
However, just hours after the WHT’s enquiry, the bags were collected and the area was back to normal.