Waste and recycling collections are being missed with alarming regularity across the Borough, as each day residents report missed pick-ups of their recycling, food waste and black sacks.

Colchester Conservatives are now demanding to know what is happening to this most basic of Council services and why so many people are having to wait longer for their waste and recycling to be removed.

Conservative Spokesperson for Waste, Environment and Transportation, Cllr Jackie Maclean, said: “This is further proof that this Lib Dem and Labour Coalition is totally out of control. When they can’t even do the basics such as picking up your rubbish, then something is seriously wrong. Conservatives will now be seeking assurances from the Coalition that this will be dealt with, starting with an investigation to find out what exactly is the cause.

People pay their hard-earned cash in Council Tax and they expect a first class service. What they are getting falls far short of that and of course does nothing for our recycling record. Residents are doing their bit by recycling their waste, and then the Council can’t even collect it – it’s shameful.”

A growing number of residents are reporting to Conservative Councillors that their rubbish is not be collected on time and now a request for a formal investigation will be made by the Colchester Conservatives to include calculating the cost of missed collections and the reasons why.

Cllr. Maclean, added: “The Lib Dems and Labour Coalition are determined to build tens of thousands of extra houses around the Borough to create new towns. If they can’t even pick up the rubbish now how on earth can people have faith in them to collect an increased amount on a massive scale"

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