At the last council meeting I asked my usual questions about the rubbish and re-cycling service – the council still refuses to give me this data unbidden. The council still will not divulge the key performance indicator outcomes and are citing commercial confidentiality and refusing point blank to divulge whether Enterprise has incurred any penalty payments since the three month grace period written into the contract expired at the end of June. See answers to questions published late on Thursday.
Streets still twice as dirty for second month running
The worst part of the Ealing Rubbish Fiasco has been the street cleaning. It seems to be the slowest part to get fixed. For three months the council badly failed to clean the streets. For three months a third or more of all of the entire Borough’s roads were unacceptably dirty. In month four a quarter of streets were unacceptably dirty after the council went back to the old system of allowing the contractor to clean up failed streets. After six months one street in eight is still unacceptably dirty for the second month running and we still have twice as many dirty streets as last year. It seems that the idea of cleaning streets the same day is very hard to make work.
Missed collections – still broken
We have now got to 30,000 missed collections over the first six months of the new contract. In September they were still running 4 times ahead of where they where the previous year and overall they are up 5 times on the previous half year.
Dry re-cycling to Kent
The council went backwards here slightly sending 19% of dry recycling to Kent in September. In the first four months of the contract on average 87% of all dry re-cycling was mixed up and effectively kerbside re-cycling stopped. Things have got much better in the last two months but are still not where they should be at. When the system is fully working there should be a small amount of dry recycling from flats going to Kent, that is all.
The council has spent six months telling us that things weren’t that bad. They were. We still have way too many dirty streets and missed collections.
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