OBSERVER SAYS: Wealden must learn lessons over waste/recycling collections

Cllr Roy Galley calls Wealden District Council’s performance in collecting waste and recycling from kerbsides as “patchy”.

There’s no doubting that, as residents in Uckfield and surrounding areas will testify.

They may have stronger words than “patchy”.

Cllr Galley’s report to the council’s scrutiny committee was followed by a council announcement yesterday (May 18) of a list of places where the contractor employed to collect refuse and recycling had been unable to get to as scheduled on a Friday.

Here’s the council’s published list for this area (there were more in the south of the Wealden district):

  • Baker Street – Uckfield
  • Bird in Eye Hill – Framfield
  • Framelle Mount – Framfield
  • Framfield Road – Uckfield
  • Hammonds Green – Framfield
  • Keld Close – Uckfield
  • Keld Drive – Uckfield
  • Meadow Place – Uckfield
  • Mill Drove – Uckfield
  • Mount Pleasant – Uckfield
  • New Town – Uckfield
  • Preston Grove – Framfield
  • The Street – Framfield
  • Tyhurst Place – Uckfield

From comments I have seen on social media and elsewhere, I suspect during the last week there have been missed bins all over the place.

Yes, some people are getting regular collections and Cllr Galley’s description of the service being “patchy” is probably fair. I interpret that as inconsistent, which will chime with many.

However, the major concern is that the councillor warned we may have to put up with this for another 12 months, until the present contract comes to an end.

That’s not good enough.

A contract is a contract and Kier should meet its end of the bargain.

Big stick?

However, does the Wealden District Council have a big stick to wave at the company?

I suspect not.

If Kier walked away, the rubbish would be piling up like nobody’s business.

However, emptying the bins is one of Wealden’s key jobs and the council should do its best to get what we are all paying for.


Wealden District Council must ensure that in any future contract there are clauses which automatically impose massive penalties when the contractor falls down on the job.

Big bills like this will do much to focus the new contractor’s mind.

A favourite phrase in modern life is that: Lessons will be learned.

Wealden must learn the lessons and apply to the next contract.

If the new contractor won’t accept, bring the collections back in-house.

Glass recycling

I am told the Kier operatives now routinely tip the glass I have carefully separated from other recycling into the general recycling bin.

Begs the question: Do we need no longer to separate glass from other recycling?

Perhaps Wealden will explain.

Manic Monday ahead on the trains?

I know of people booking a day off work on Monday to avoid the commute to London because it is the first day of the massive timetable shake-up.

Every train time has been changed, if you believe the announcements.

The changes mean more trains than ever before will run through London – with some strange routes, in my opinion.

Hold your breath folks, while this all beds in.

East Croydon

They may have untangled the lines at London Bridge station but East Croydon is still congested.

There are frequent delays there at the moment and I fear they will be exacerbated by this new timetable.

For once my glass is half empty.

I fear the worst. I genuinely hope I have this wrong.


Good luck, my friends on the trains and at the Dog and Duck.

I’ve booked the week off and will be sunning myself.

See also:

Consultation on plans for “new” UCTC

By-election for Uckfield Town Council

Big Uckfield flats development on target

Night-time roadworks in London Road

Roundabout plan to access Ridgewood Farm homes

JOBS: at The Grove Farmhouse Cafe, UCTC and SLM Toyota Uckfield

OUT AND ABOUT: Where to go and what to do in Uckfield area

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