THE opposition leader of Leeds City Council has hit out at the ruling administration saying it “couldn’t even run a bath” in reaction to the city’s bin chaos that has rumbled on for SIX months.
Coun Andrew Carter (Cons, Calverley & Farsley), claimed that some residents were still not getting their bins emptied since new collection routes were introduced in October last year.
Complaints have rolled in from across the city including Pudsey, Bramley, Farsley and Roundhay, he said.
And there are particular concerns over green recycling bin collections which currently seem worst hit, he added.
Coun Carter said: “How can a simple route reorganisation be so badly handled that months later we are still dealing with its consequences?
“We have been flagging up our concerns and speaking out on this issue for months and months, and still no one is prepared to step forward from the administration and get this issue sorted out once and for all.
“Far from being able to run a city with a population of more than three quarters of a million, the Labour/Green administration couldn’t even run a bath.
“They have completely run out of excuses. They can’t blame a strike.
“They have still not explained why, when they introduced the route reorganisation, they reduced the number of routes by more than was originally proposed.”
Eleven of the city’s 51 black bin routes were axed on October 25 in an attempt to improve efficiency in what was the biggest shake-up of Leeds City Council’s refuse department in more than 20 years.
It made the individual rounds larger, leaving the binmen to empty more bins.
Two routes have since been reinstated after binmen struggled to handle the extra work load in high density inner city areas.
The changes caused major disruption to weekly waste collections provided to 335,000 homes - with many going unemptied.
Missed recycling bins, which are on a monthly rota, have caused particular misery as just one miss effectively leaves residents without a collection for eight weeks.
Coun Carter added: “From various areas of the city, the complaints keep on coming.”