Never Explain, Never Apologise

HGV driver Clive Taylor, from Astley Bridge, sent The Bolton News a picture of an overspilling bin in Vernon Street and says it has become a common sight around the town since the streamlined bins were introduced last year.

And he says long queues for the tip on Raikes Lane are another sign the bins are not fit for purpose.

He said: “Every bus stop here you see piles of rubbish, especially at the weekend. I am an HGV driver, so go all over the place and see these things.”

Yup, the more councils push onto the customer by reducing bin collections, the more flytipping rises and rises…

“Of course it creates a public health problem, but the council says it is saving a fortune.

“All they have done is pass the buck to the public, who have to go to the tip every week because they can’t manage with these bins. Irresponsible people can’t be bothered queueing for the tip, so they dump it down some side road. The council has created its own problem, but won’t admit it.”

But surely the evidence is so conclusive, they have to?

A spokesman for Bolton Council said people were adapting well to the new bins since they were rolled out between June and November last year.

In a statement the council added: “Residents have adapted well to the new slim grey bins and the changes have significantly increased the amount of waste we collect for recycling. There will always be some residents and businesses that dispose of waste irresponsibly and this will not be tolerated by the council. Advice and support is available for residents.”

Oh. I guess not.

8 comments for “Never Explain, Never Apologise

  1. Mudplugger
    April 19, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Where I live, the local councils make you show an official ‘pass’ to use their tips, to prove that you are not an ‘alien’ from a neighbouring council’s area, so they all now need to employ an extra full-time pass-checker at every tip, rather than growing-up and accepting that any ‘border-leakage’ will all balance out over time.
    It also means that we can’t be arsed with any of that nonsense, especially when another council’s tip is more convenient, so we just put everything, unsorted, into the wheelie-bins and fly-tip the rest.
    Another resounding success for the terminally brain-dead at the town hall – but don’t worry, they’ll still collect their pensions.

    • April 23, 2017 at 7:12 am

      We have to show a bill, or passport or driving licence to prove residency.

      But it takes seconds, the staff are unfailingly polite and helpful, and it beggars belief that this fractional delay is what causes people to nip out in the dead of night to flytip instead!

  2. April 19, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Councils are elected folk. The bloke down the street. They ’employ’ other blokes and blokesses from down the street and the next street. These people get paid by, guess who?

    • Errol
      April 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Hmmm. Most people don’t understand what councillors do, so it becomes a yearly ego trip where a bunch of wasters set about doing whatever they want to with impunity.

      The real clowns are the executives and portfolio holders – gouging hundreds of thousands – often millions – from council tax each year and achieving almost nothing for vast amounts of cash.

      These people cannot be removed and they are the people who spend the money and determine what to spend it on. They’re not spending it on what people want the money spent on – you can’t pocket it if you do what people want.

      This vast gravy train hurtles on, untouched and unaccountable.

  3. April 20, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Astley Bridge, eh?

    Inside we both know what’s been going on
    We know the game and we’re gonna play it

    And if you ask me how I’m feeling
    Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see

    Dumping rubbish ain’t too friendly
    No fly tipping, you and me.

    • April 23, 2017 at 7:13 am

      It has risen to epidemic proportions – growing up, I’d see a few dumped rubbish here and there, but mostly on unused wasteground.

      Now, it’s ubiquitous and it’s in residential streets. Daily!

      It’s risen along with demographic changes…

  4. david
    April 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Yes James, Astley Bridge, a real place that was at one time home to thousands of Mill workers and associated engineering firms; now large parts of it are no-go areas, after the invasion, by government decree, of thousands of Muslim families and the recent east european influx; cheap, private rental housing.
    As for the bins, half the size and fortnightly collections, are causing a problem in the more affluent parts of Bolton.
    Such is the fate of many Northern towns, forgotten wastelands, breeding grounds for drug crime, vandalism, all aspiration has been sucked out of the once proud working class by ‘them,’ aided and abetted by the labour party who now sees the feral, benefits class as it’s core support.
    Hail Blair, Hail Brown, Hail Corbyn.

    • April 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Yes, sad demise of living, working communities – thank goodness the disease has not spread to us yet, though the canals are severely mismanaged, but that’s another question. £800 p.a. for zero in return.

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