Rosie Cooper MP

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07/08/08 Bins ‘not collected following council strike’ – MP told

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is probing claims that residents’ bins were left uncollected following recent strike action by council staff.

People in Appley Bridge have contacted Rosie claiming their bins have been left full of rotting waste because their collection day fell during the strike.

This is despite claims from West Lancs District Council that the bin crews would be catching up with the missed collections immediately.

Rosie Cooper MP has now written to the district council raising the residents’ complaints.

Rosie said: “I am very concerned to hear from residents in Appley Bridge that their bins have not been collected.

“Clearly, because of the fortnightly collection system adopted by the council, one missed collection means that bins could be left for weeks. This is unacceptable at any time of the year, but it is worse during the summer months, especially with the recent hot weather.

“I am asking the council what contingency plans were put in place to compensate for the effects of the industrial action, why refuse was not collected and when people can expect the collection services to return to normal.”

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