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Refuse Collection in Wapping

March 20, 2020 5:25 PM
By Dominic Buxton

Rubbish on Wapping High Street (March 2020)

I am shocked to hear about the problems regarding refuse collection in St Katharine's and Wapping and across the borough. Residents are being let down by the Council's mismanagement of vital frontline services such as regular and reliable bin collections.

Despite promises that the rubbish would be collected, it hasn't happened yet. We cannot risk another public health issue on top of the one we are already facing with the coronavirus pandemic.

On 20 March 2020, I wrote to the Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Council, Will Tuckley, to raise my concerns.

"Dear Mr Tuckley,

I hope this letter finds you well.

I would like to raise my concern regarding the overflowing rubbish bins across St Katharine's and Wapping and in other parts of the borough. I am aware of the dispute between your contractor, Veolia, and their staff, resulting in a shortage of operational rubbish trucks. But given we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic; it is absolutely imperative that uncollected rubbish does not become yet another public health issue.

As I am sure you are aware, Tower Hamlets Council is raising council tax by 3.99% this year, which, given the mismanagement of vital frontline services such as regular and reliable bin collections, seems like quite a brazen move. Residents will be paying more for less.

I therefore ask that the rubbish be collected at the earliest opportunity. The next twelve weeks are absolutely critical, and residents of St Katharine's and Wapping deserve to live in a safe and clean environment with functioning services, which they pay for through their council tax.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Dominic Buxton"