Leeds bin bosses in double trouble

Blundering Leeds council bosses have delivered brown bins for recycling garden waste to homes without any outside space.

Others have been dropped off at addresses that already have brown bins, leaving homeowners puzzling over what to do with the second.

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Now Leeds City Council will have to send vans back out to gather up the unwanted wheelies.

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This is the latest gaff by Leeds City Council's refuse department that

has come under fire after a shake-up of refuse services has left thousands of homes with sporadic rubbish collections.

In Horsforth around 40 brown bins were left outside back-to-back houses on The Woodvilles that either have no outdoor space or just a small yard at the front.

Another dozen has been dropped at Swinnow Gardens in Stanningley despite householders already having brown bins.

John Harrison, 60, said: "It's ridiculous that money's being wasted and no-one's being held accountable. The council sent out a letter saying that everyone was going to get one.

"I am sure that I wasn't the only person trying to call and stop this, but the phone was permanently engaged.

"I try to do what's right at a time when council tax is high enough and then we get something that we don't even need. It beggars belief.

"While they are wasting money, people are being made redundant. Someone needs sacking for this."

Leeds Lib Dems have called for councillor Tom Murray, executive member for environmental services, to resign.

They blame the Labour councillor for the disastrous implementation of new black bin rounds that forced them to spend extra cash on dealing with customer complaints and missed collections.

Coun Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell), Leeds Lib Dem leader, said: "This shambles has cost taxpayers an unforgivable sum at a time when we're facing huge cutbacks.

"Whilst I absolutely agree it was right to reform the bin routes, the implementation of it has been appalling.

"Time after time the executive member has promised to get the situation fixed but it never happens. I think the only appropriate action he can now take is to resign."

Around 3,600 brown bins - 18.35 each - were delivered to the Calverley, Pudsey and Horsforth areas at a cost of 72,000.

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