Birmingham Bin Strike


018.JPGRubbish is piling up around Edgbaston. As far as I can tell, nowhere in the ward has had a collection for almost a fortnight (and some only one collection in five weeks). Edgbaston residents who have been shopping in Harborne High Street report that looks a mess too.

Extra crews were apparently out in the city over the weekend, but they weren’t sent to our area as far as I can tell.

I have asked when we will get a collection and been told that they hope it will be this week but cannot promise.

This is not good enough. Rubbish piled in the streets and in bin stores during hot summer weather is a health and safety issue – and it’s clear our inept Labour leadership don’t have a plan to deal with it.  They knew this strike was coming weeks ago, so they had ample time to work out what to do – and they have failed miserably.

Even the Union spokesman said it’s been caused by Birmingham Labour’s mismanagement of their budget rather than by “austerity”. Besides every council is having to make savings, but other people aren’t having bin strikes.

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