Residents fume after Braintree Council litter collections delayed over festive period

Braintree and Witham Times: Residents fume as late collections leave streets littered Residents fume as late collections leave streets littered

Thousands of residents were left fuming after delays in rubbish and recycling collections left their streets littered.

Braintree Council has apologised after its collection schedule over the Christmas and New Year period was disrupted by a series of “freak” vehicle breakdowns.

Collections were up to a week late in some cases and the council was still trying to catch up this week.

Former Alec Hunter pupil Amanda James, 23, of Blenheim Close, Bocking, said: “I live in a block of 16 flats and we have no wheelie bins so rubbish is just left out in the courtyard."

Miss James’ rubbish was finally collected on Monday.

Streets in the Glebe Crescent and Church Street area of Witham were still strewn with rubbish after collection delays.

Brian Webb, of Glebe Crescent, said: “I am absolutely disgusted with the way they have dismissed the community over the Christmas period."

Wendy Schmitt, Braintree Council cabinet member for place, said: “Unfortunately we have suffered the freak occurrence of three vehicles suffering major breakdowns at the same time."

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11:56am Thu 9 Jan 14

This-is-what-I-have-to-say says...

"Former Alec Hunter pupil Amanda James, 23"
If this lady finished school at 16, she would have left 7 years ago - even if she carried on to 18 that's 5 years ago when she would have left - why is it of any interest to the readers that Amanda James went to Alec Hunter school OVER 5 YEARS AGO?!
"Former Alec Hunter pupil Amanda James, 23" If this lady finished school at 16, she would have left 7 years ago - even if she carried on to 18 that's 5 years ago when she would have left - why is it of any interest to the readers that Amanda James went to Alec Hunter school OVER 5 YEARS AGO?! This-is-what-I-have-to-say

9:08am Fri 10 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Former Panfield Lane Secondary Modern pupil says:

Whinge, whine, grizzle, grumble, moan, and incessantly complain about all and everything to do with the services supplied by the very people they elect to do all their dirty work for them.

Just what do these thousands (frankly I don’t believe that) of hapless, helpless, hopeless, inadequate so called fuming citizens really expect?

Why can’t they wake up and smell the coffee? Life just isn’t a perfect bed of roses. Occasionally things will and do go wrong, especially when everyone is so against contributing towards expenditure on additional resources that might otherwise provide for the luxury of immediately available standby equipment.

Funny how it’s always someone else’s problem.

How much more refreshing this news item would have been had it been predicated on how the (big?) Braintree society had pulled together in the extraordinary time of need and how neighbour had helped neighbour by using their cars and so on to run the accumulating bags of rubbish to the local depot instead of leaving them to fester in the surrounding neighbourhood.

Personally, I have no difficulty in frequently visiting the local Rubbish & Recycling facility up here in Planet Zog and I don’t mind at all in helping my less fortunate neighbours who aren’t quite so readily able to cope with their excess garbage.

Sometimes I just can’t get my head around how so utterly feeble the soft bellied, molly coddled, selfish society of today has become.

I can’t begin to imagine how they will cope if ever they are faced with a real urban/domestic crisis. They just haven’t got a clue!

I wonder how many of them are old enough to recall the time (1950s) when the Braintree water supply broke down. I remember being sent to the inflatable ‘portable duck pond’ set up in Bank Street with a chipped old enamel jug to collect water in order to have some to drink and wash.

I don’t remember any howls of indignation - just relief that a contingency service of some sort was made available until such time that normal service was resumed.
Former Panfield Lane Secondary Modern pupil says: Whinge, whine, grizzle, grumble, moan, and incessantly complain about all and everything to do with the services supplied by the very people they elect to do all their dirty work for them. Just what do these thousands (frankly I don’t believe that) of hapless, helpless, hopeless, inadequate so called fuming citizens really expect? Why can’t they wake up and smell the coffee? Life just isn’t a perfect bed of roses. Occasionally things will and do go wrong, especially when everyone is so against contributing towards expenditure on additional resources that might otherwise provide for the luxury of immediately available standby equipment. Funny how it’s always someone else’s problem. How much more refreshing this news item would have been had it been predicated on how the (big?) Braintree society had pulled together in the extraordinary time of need and how neighbour had helped neighbour by using their cars and so on to run the accumulating bags of rubbish to the local depot instead of leaving them to fester in the surrounding neighbourhood. Personally, I have no difficulty in frequently visiting the local Rubbish & Recycling facility up here in Planet Zog and I don’t mind at all in helping my less fortunate neighbours who aren’t quite so readily able to cope with their excess garbage. Sometimes I just can’t get my head around how so utterly feeble the soft bellied, molly coddled, selfish society of today has become. I can’t begin to imagine how they will cope if ever they are faced with a real urban/domestic crisis. They just haven’t got a clue! I wonder how many of them are old enough to recall the time (1950s) when the Braintree water supply broke down. I remember being sent to the inflatable ‘portable duck pond’ set up in Bank Street with a chipped old enamel jug to collect water in order to have some to drink and wash. I don’t remember any howls of indignation - just relief that a contingency service of some sort was made available until such time that normal service was resumed. OMPITA [Intl]

4:52pm Fri 10 Jan 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Ah, I respectfully disagree with your perspective. Comparing contemporary expectations with those of pst-war Britain is unreasonable. Whilst I agree with your philosophy and implement "It's nice to be nice" I too would be sorely angry with the ineptitude of the local council.

I have mentioned several times that where I live (don't 'dys' my utopia, now) we have three collections every week. Four if I need them to pick up a large item -- up to twice a month. My garden waste is separate but ALL my recyclables are now collected in one bin making life easier for me, the dustbin men and the recycling company. And, they REDUCED my monthly charge by just over a quid! In discussions with my good mate Steve in Manchester, a very clever man that owns a very successful textile business, he agrees that there is no reason why the councils charge what they do, why they are so anal retentive about separation and why they are so inept. Except that like most anything else, if you want something run properly do not give it to the government: let the commercial sector have it and because they make money (trust me this recycling company he is a very profitable operation). There incentive for you! Oh, and to boot, they run big ol' gas powered lorries so they're green there too.
Ah, I respectfully disagree with your perspective. Comparing contemporary expectations with those of pst-war Britain is unreasonable. Whilst I agree with your philosophy and implement "It's nice to be nice" I too would be sorely angry with the ineptitude of the local council. I have mentioned several times that where I live (don't 'dys' my utopia, now) we have three collections every week. Four if I need them to pick up a large item -- up to twice a month. My garden waste is separate but ALL my recyclables are now collected in one bin making life easier for me, the dustbin men and the recycling company. And, they REDUCED my monthly charge by just over a quid! In discussions with my good mate Steve in Manchester, a very clever man that owns a very successful textile business, he agrees that there is no reason why the councils charge what they do, why they are so anal retentive about separation and why they are so inept. Except that like most anything else, if you want something run properly do not give it to the government: let the commercial sector have it and because they make money (trust me this recycling company he is a very profitable operation). There incentive for you! Oh, and to boot, they run big ol' gas powered lorries so they're green there too. /@|_|@\

8:51am Sun 12 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Just over a quid - that would be getting on for a couple of bucks over there wouldn’t it? Not having trouble letting go of the little idiosyncratic slang words of the Muvver Country are we? Sounds like a definite case of ‘closet homesickness’ to me.

Interesting though to see from the internet that that one learned opinion - ‘Peter’ from Slough (that’s pronounced Slow as in Cow; not Sluff as in Rough as so many of you stateside tourists tend to say) has a theory that the word quid originated from around your place in the first instance.

Quote:

"When the American west was being opening up, all trading was by barter rather than money. Seeking for a common unit of exchange plugs of (chewing) tobacco called a QUID gradually gained popularity. Etymology of this is thought to be "cud" (as in "chewing").

Just be careful not to trip over the spittoons Limey!
Just over a quid - that would be getting on for a couple of bucks over there wouldn’t it? Not having trouble letting go of the little idiosyncratic slang words of the Muvver Country are we? Sounds like a definite case of ‘closet homesickness’ to me. Interesting though to see from the internet that that one learned opinion - ‘Peter’ from Slough (that’s pronounced Slow as in Cow; not Sluff as in Rough as so many of you stateside tourists tend to say) has a theory that the word quid originated from around your place in the first instance. Quote: "When the American west was being opening up, all trading was by barter rather than money. Seeking for a common unit of exchange plugs of (chewing) tobacco called a QUID gradually gained popularity. Etymology of this is thought to be "cud" (as in "chewing"). Just be careful not to trip over the spittoons Limey! OMPITA [Intl]

5:59pm Sun 12 Jan 14

/@|_|@\ says...

No, no - just translating for the less-traveled locals. Wild horses and all that ...
No, no - just translating for the less-traveled locals. Wild horses and all that ... /@|_|@\

8:20pm Sun 12 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Not Chickasaw; Seminole: and Prairie Ponies by any chance?,
Not Chickasaw; Seminole: and Prairie Ponies by any chance?, OMPITA [Intl]

3:52pm Mon 13 Jan 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Interesting you raise the issue of cracker ponies: the term cracker is somewhat applicable since it goes back to the Irish that migrated down into Georgia. It is the Celts of course that instantiate the manifest use of the word "craic". They, therefore, became known as "crackers" and were, ipso facto, the cowboys of the south, cracking the whips to instill fear, discipline and order among the herds. As well. :-\
Interesting you raise the issue of cracker ponies: the term cracker is somewhat applicable since it goes back to the Irish that migrated down into Georgia. It is the Celts of course that instantiate the manifest use of the word "craic". They, therefore, became known as "crackers" and were, ipso facto, the cowboys of the south, cracking the whips to instill fear, discipline and order among the herds. As well. :-\ /@|_|@\

4:07pm Mon 13 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

At the risk of creating chaos through merging two story lines together it crosses my mind that some of these Whip Cracking; Fear Instilling; Disciplinarians could be just we want instead of - or to sort out (ha ha) - our much loved herds of PCSOs.
At the risk of creating chaos through merging two story lines together it crosses my mind that some of these Whip Cracking; Fear Instilling; Disciplinarians could be just we want instead of - or to sort out (ha ha) - our much loved herds of PCSOs. OMPITA [Intl]

4:41pm Mon 13 Jan 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Ah, yes - the Polk County Sheriff's Office of which we spoke previously.

As well.

Confused yet? Carry on and we soon all will be! LOL
Ah, yes - the Polk County Sheriff's Office of which we spoke previously. As well. Confused yet? Carry on and we soon all will be! LOL /@|_|@\

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