Row over brown bins heats up as Holbeach streets are left off the list

Some Holbeach residents failed to get a bin like this in the pilot project.
Some Holbeach residents failed to get a bin like this in the pilot project.
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Council garden waste collections have sailed into a second row before the first brown bin has hit the kerbside.

Holbeach was listed as a place where garden waste would be collected but disappointed residents who tried to sign up discovered only certain streets in their town were eligible.

My road, Park Lane, isn’t on the list. A friend of mine lives on Manor Drive and that’s not on the list either. My objection is that they misled us, really

Holbeach resident David Arnold (77)

The news follows anger and disappointment in Gosberton after the village was named on a collections list publicised by district council officials who later apologised and said it had been wrongly included due to an “administrative error”.

Holbeach pensioner David Arnold (77) was an early-bird trying to sign up to grab one of 2,500 places in the pilot project.

He said: “My road, Park Lane, isn’t on the list. A friend of mine lives on Manor Drive and that’s not on the list either. My objection is that they misled us, really.”

Mr Arnold drives to the county council recycling centre in Spalding’s West Marsh Road half-a-dozen times or more in summer and says a kerbside collection would be a real help to him.

“I don’t know how much longer I shall be driving,” he said.

Mr Arnold has put his name down on a waiting list but doesn’t know how long he will have to wait before he will be offered a brown bin.

He said his friend is in greater need for health reasons.

“She wanted one because it would have helped her and it would help me if I could get one,” said Mr Arnold.

South Holland District Council said hundreds of people have signed up for the pilot project, although a spokesman said it was too early to give exact numbers for the sign-ups and those on the waiting list.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for waste management, said: “Early response to the scheme has been extremely positive with hundreds of residents signing up. We thank everyone for their interest so far and hope this means the pilot will be a success.

“In order to expand the service further we need the evidence that there is customer demand due to the significant financial outlay required to do so.

“We encourage all residents who are interested in participating in any expanded service to register their details as a waiting list will help us build up that evidence. Anyone who wants to sign up for the scheme should visit www.sholland.gov.uk/gardenwaste or come into our offices in Priory Road, Spalding, or by calling 01775 761161.”

• Ex-councillor Mick Pell tried to sign-up his elderly parents in Gosberton but said nothing could be done if the council had made a monumental muck-up in its advertising department.

Previously ...

Gosberton residents furious over council’s garden waste muck-up

This is how the council released details of the scheme ...

You can sign up for South Holland garden waste scheme on Monday