Welwyn Garden City resident furious as flats’ rubbish left to fester for month

PUBLISHED: 09:43 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:43 12 July 2017

Rubbish piling up at the communal bins for Boundary Court, just off Golden Dell in Welwyn Garden City. Picture credit: Rueell Turner.

Rubbish piling up at the communal bins for Boundary Court, just off Golden Dell in Welwyn Garden City. Picture credit: Rueell Turner.

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A Welwyn Garden City resident has blasted the borough council after a block of flats’ bins were repeatedly allowed to pile up.

Russell Turner, who lives in a Boundary Court flat near Golden Dell, claimed he had to pester the council as the communal rubbish was left to fester for weeks.

The 25-year-old said: “It’s just been a pain having to contact the council every day and send them photos. It’s also been embarrassing for me whenever anyone comes over.

“All they see coming into the flats was a huge pile of stinking rubbish.”

After posting a picture on social media, several other residents also claimed to have had similar experiences.

The Boundary Court rubbish was eventually cleared on Monday, and Russell claimed that missed collections have been an ongoing issue for months.

“I’ve been sending them pictures each day, yet they still wanted to send an inspector out to make sure I wasn’t lying,” he added. “It was a week after the inspector had been that the bins were emptied.”

A council spokeswoman said: “We first received a report of the missed bins on Monday, July 3, and we were also told of the fly-tipping around the bins. The bins have now been emptied and the fly-tipping is scheduled to be cleared soon.

“Fly-tipping should not be left around bins because it can impact our collection schedules as crews are not able to access the bins.

“We ask that all residents dispose of their waste correctly, and report any fly-tipping or missed bins to us as soon as possible.”

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