‘What does it take to get this rubbish cleared?’

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Rubbish piling up behind a row of terraced houses in Long Sutton has left one resident wondering why he is paying his council tax.

Sean Gedney, of West Street, was outraged when the Friday collection from the private road behind his home failed to turn up “again”.

He said: “We’ve been battling with the council for seven weeks. Last week when they did collect it, it had been three weeks. The latest excuse is the truck can’t get down because of a tree branch, but it’s been there for years.

“The cats tear the bags and we have to clear up the mess – and they attract wasps.”

South Holland District Council was due to collect the waste yesterday (Monday).

Environmental Services team leader Glen Chapman said use of the private road had become “problematic”.

He said: “We would like to bring those properties into line with many other terraced households which leave their waste sacks at the front of their properties.

“What we propose to do is write to the householders with a date when we would like them to start doing this. This will solve the problem.”