Update on the refuse service and outline of recovery plan

The following communication has been passed to your local Councillors:

8th March

As promised here is an update on the service and to outline the recovery plan:

Whilst the thaw has been fast this afternoon, conditions this morning were really atrocious, and unfortunately collections have been significantly disrupted again today. As I said this morning, we were still working behind on collections due to the disruption last week, so clearly this has been a set-back to our recovery schedule.

With that in mind, we’ve taken the difficult decision to suspend green bin collections for the rest of the week, so that we can focus on the recovery of black bins. Feedback from Elected Members and the public (mainly via Social Media) has been that we should prioritise recovering missed black bins over scheduled green bin collections.

If all goes well this should get us to the position where the service can return to normal scheduled collections from Monday. It will also enable us to recover any black bins from last week that have still not been collected.

Key messages to the public are therefore:

  • If your black bin has been missed today, or last week, please leave it out for collection and we will empty it as soon as possible.
  • If your green bin has not been emptied, please put it away, and present it for collection on your next scheduled collection day with any extra recycling at the side of the bin.
  • Take your garden waste bin back in. The service is suspended until 12th March, and we will not be recovering collections so that we can concentrate on black bins.

These messages will be cascaded via Social Media, the website and Customer Services. Any help you can give us to get the message out would be welcomed.

I hope this is helpful.

Thanks,

Tom.

Tom Smith – Chief Officer (Waste Management) Leeds City Council

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Latest news on refuse and recycling collections

The following communication has been passed to your local Councillors:

5th March 2018

A further brief update on the situation with refuse and recycling collections this morning.

The weather improved significantly on Saturday and yesterday which means that most residential streets are now accessible to our crews. Given the suspension of service last Thursday, the majority of the service is currently working one day behind on collections. We have some additional resources in place every day undertaking recovery and hope to have collections back on schedule by the end of the week.

Whilst we have recovered the vast majority of missed black bin collections from last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and many of the green bins, we unfortunately do not have enough staffing/vehicle resources available to undertake any further recovery collections from those days.

Key messages to residents are therefore:
· If your black or green bin was due on Wednesday 28th February, Thursday 1st March, or Friday 2nd March and has still not been emptied – please put it away and we will collect it on your next scheduled collection. We will take side waste at the next scheduled collection.
· We are currently working a day behind on scheduled collections since Saturday 3rd March, so please leave your black or green bins out.
· Take your garden waste bin back in. The service is suspended until 12th March, and we will not be recovering collections so that we can concentrate on black and green bins.

These messages will be cascaded via Social Media, the website and Customer Services. Any help you can give us to get the message out would be welcomed.

I hope this is helpful.

Thanks,

Tom Smith
Chief Officer (Waste Management)
Leeds City Council

Latest News – February 2010

New Year’s Day Bus

Green Bus

New Years Day Free Green Bus

The Green Party again provided its free hourly bus service between Armley and City Square, incorporating parts of the No.5 and No.42 services on New Year’s day. The bus carried 162 passengers, and a box of chocolates was presented to the 2500th passenger carried since we started running the service in 1998.

Cllrs David and Ann Blackburn organised the mini-bus which was driven by Cllr Andy Parnham and other Green supporters, and sponsored by local businesses.

Summer Band Concerts in Local Parks 2010

This year Cllrs Ann and David Blackburn, and Andy Parnham are paying for 2 band concerts to be held in New Farnley Park, along with the ones in New Wortley Recreation Ground, out of their MICE monies. The ones in Western Flatts Park and Farnley Hall Park are funded by the Outer West Area Committee. All of the band concerts start at 2:30pm.

Farnley Hall Park

6th June – Yorkshire Community Brass Band
11th July – Stanley Newmarket Colliery Brass Band

New Wortley Recreation Ground

13th June – Friendly Band
18th July – Morley & District Concert Band

Western Flatts Park

27th June – Friendly Band
8th August – Tenderloin Ragtime Orchestra

New Farnley Park

4th July – Morley & District Concert Band
15th August – James Farrell Concert Band

Missed Bin Collections

In January missed bin collections were reported to us on the Gamble Hills, Leyholmes, Kelletts, Cobdens, Pinders, Blackpools, Hardrow Road, Benson Gardens, Digpal Road and Whitehall Green. At the Council Meeting held on 20th January 2010 Cllr Andy Parnham asked the Executive Member for Environmental Services what plans were in place to deal with the backlog of bin collections, bearing in mind that the service had not returned to normal after the strike, and he was informed that a plan had been put in place to deal with the problems.

66/67 Bus

Cllr David Blackburn is dealing with ongoing issues in relation to the running of this service.

‘Safe Route to School’ Scheme – Lawns Lane

Highways Department have now put in place traffic measures on Lawns Lane. Negotiations are ongoing between the farmer and Council in relation to a path being installed.

Damaged Walls, Litter and Dumping

Walls have been repaired on Oldfield Lane opposite Netto and Farnley Hall Park after being reported by Cllr Ann Blackburn. Cllr Andy Parnham has reported dumping on Barras Garth Road. Paths between Silver Royd Hill / Tong Road and Cow Close Road / Ring Road, Wortley have been cleansed.

M.I.C.E. Grants (From July 2009)

These are the Members Impovements in the Community and Environment grants by Cllrs Ann Blackburn, David Blackburn, and Andy Parnham.

Bands in the Park 2010 – costs of two in New Farnley Park and two in New Wortley Rec. (Joint Funding – AB/DB/AP) £1200

Armley Helping Hands – towards cost of transportation for holiday to Bridlington for disabled and elderly people in Wortley (Joint Funding – AB/DB/AP) £500

New Farnley Vision Group – towards running costs AP £100

Gamble Hill Tenants & Residents Association – coast of coach hire for a day trip to Blackpool AP £440

Neighbourhood Action – towards cost of hiring two minibuses for trip to Kirkstall Abbey AP £130

Cobden Babes – Towards mums and tots group trip to Sundown Children’s Centre DB £350

West Leeds Walking Group – towards costs of promoting their annual programme AP £200

Leeds & Moortown Funiture Store – towards running costs DB £200

Heights, Farrows & Grenthorpe Tenants Association – cost of coach hire for a day trip to Bridlington AB £360

Lower Wortley Senior Citizens Tuesday Club (held at Lower Wortley Community Centre) – towards costs of Christmas meal for elderly in Wortley, Farnley and New Farnley AP £500

Old Farnley Community Association – towards cost of Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party AB £200

Lower Wortley Community Centre – towards cost of Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party DB £200

Neighbourhood Action – towards cost of Christmas coach trips for the elderly of Farnley and New Farnley AB £370

St John’s Mums & Tots Group – towards the cost of toys AP £250

Farnley Falcons (Girls Teams) – towards cost of training and match equipment AP £700

‘Stay & Play’ Group (held at Lower Wortley Community Centre – towards cost of toys and equipment AB £250

TGI Kidz-Zone (Junior Youth Club at Highfield Methodist Church) – costs of arts and craft materials AP £250

Farnley Juniors (Football Team) – towards cost of training and match equipment AB £500

West Leeds Leisure Painting Group – towards costs of banner and transport to an exhibition DB £130