There was anger and disappointment in Gosberton as residents tried to sign up for new garden waste collections – and discovered the village isn’t part of the trial.
Former district councillor Mick Pell said South Holland District Council had included Gosberton when it listed eligible places in the pilot project, but he tried to sign up his elderly parents on Monday morning and was “thrown off the website” after he tapped in their postcode.
He then spoke to a council officer who confirmed Gosberton isn’t included.
His mum, Josie (81), and dad, Lewis (85) were relying on the collections.
Lewis is in hospital after falling and breaking a hip and is unlikely to be fit enough to drive for a long time.
“We’ve only got a little Picanto car and my husband is out of action,” said Josie. “It would have been so helpful for us to have our garden waste collected.”
Mick said: “There’s nothing we can do if South Holland District Council made a monumental cock-up in their advertising department.
“There’s going to be a lot of unhappy residents in Gosberton – it’s predominantly elderly people here and they have to do a 15-mile round journey to the tip with their garden waste.”
He supports the garden waste project, but believes it could be a “back door move” to get wheelie bins for all collections, something he fought against when he was a member of the council.
Mick said there is a whole host of issues with wheelie bins, including leaving streets untidy when left out for collection and some elderly people unable to move them.
Gosberton resident Michael Smith (76) made a special trip to the council offices in Spalding on Monday to find he couldn’t sign up for the service either.
He said: “I was surprised Gosberton doesn’t come under the scheme especially as they (the council) said in the newspapers that it did.”
Michael also makes special journeys to the tip to take his excess garden waste, including clippings from three lawns, and is annoyed the pilot service will bypass his home on its way to Donington.
A council spokesman said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this administrative error.
“We are looking at ways of addressing this issue but would encourage all residents who are interested in the service to register their interest, as it may be extended to their area if there is sufficient demand.
“Residents can sign up by visiting www.sholland.gov.uk, popping into our offices in Priory Road, Spalding, or by calling 01775 761161.”
Previously ... this is what the council said on sign-ups