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Outrage as waste collections missed in Havering over Christmas

PUBLISHED: 16:24 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:33 04 January 2016

The bin collection was missed in Birch Crescent, Hornchurch, among other streets. Picture: @DanFranklin90

The bin collection was missed in Birch Crescent, Hornchurch, among other streets. Picture: @DanFranklin90

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Neighbourhood foxes must have felt like a kid at Christmas after seeing thousands of bin bags line the streets of Havering over the festive period.

The council’s rubbish contractor, Serco, has failed to keep up with the changed collection schedule over Christmas and the New Year and bags have been left outside hundreds of homes in Harold Wood, Hornchurch and Upminster for more than a week.

And it’s fair to say residents are not happy. Many took to Twitter to ask the council what was going on, with some posting pictures of the mess in their streets, and others simply saying it was not good enough.

Havering leader, Cllr Roger Ramsey said the council was doing everything possible to get back on track.

He said: “I am extremely sorry that some Havering residents have had difficulties with their rubbish collection over the holiday period.

“This is clearly unacceptable and we are in urgent discussions with Serco to find out why this happened. Everything possible is being done to make sure that we’re back on track over the next 24 hours.”

A council spokesman said about 95 per cent of collections were completed without a problem.

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