Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The Dangers of Steps
David Smith, an elderly disabled man of 78, has been left with rubbish piling up at his home in my home town of Croydon.
It seems that is just "too dangerous" for binmen to collect it?
Does he have a dangerous dog?
Does he threaten them with a shotgun?
The bin men have to climb the four steps to the house to collect it.
Mr Smith has lived at his current address for over 20 years, and has always put his rubbish at the top of the steps on a Monday morning ready for collection.
Herein lies the problem, the entrance to his house is four steps up from the street level and down a walkway.
The binmen and our local council don't seem to like that.
As much as Mr Smith would like to make their lives easier, he suffers from diabetes, heart disease and has difficultly walking. Therefore he has always left the bin bags at the top of the steps for the binmen.
However, the other week, his rubbish and many other residents' waste was not picked up for health and safety reasons.
Mr Smith said:
"I walk with two sticks and it is very difficult to get to the end of the walkway and now they are refusing to even come up the stairs.
What is frustrating is that they just haven't bothered telling anyone about the changes and we have all done this for years without having any problems.
But on Monday I saw that the dustman hadn't taken it so I asked him why and he said he had been told it was too dangerous for them to collect it from where they had been in the past. I couldn't believe it."
There are more than 100 houses in the street, and Mr Smith believes a third of them have steps - none of which have had their rubbish collected.
A Croydon Council spokesman said:
"Several health and safety issues have been identified by the council's contractor with regard refuse collection in a number of roads.
The council is currently investigating alternative methods of collection and the affected residents will be notified."
Pass the sick bag someone!
Could Croydon council tell us why we pay council tax?
Could Croydon council tell us why they think that the "health and safety" bullshit, that they follow, outweighs the very real threat of disease and vermin from rotting uncollected rubbish?
Health and safety will be the death of us all!
Email the leader of Croydon council here, and give him my love firstname.lastname@example.org
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