Anger as smelly Denmead bins left to fester for three weeks

113582-1581 BINS (NEWS) MRW 10/10/2011''Clare Dimmer from Denmead is far from pleased about the changes to her bin collections since Winchester District Council has merged with East Hamphshire District Council for bin collections in her village '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (113582-1581)
113582-1581 BINS (NEWS) MRW 10/10/2011''Clare Dimmer from Denmead is far from pleased about the changes to her bin collections since Winchester District Council has merged with East Hamphshire District Council for bin collections in her village '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (113582-1581)
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BINS full of rubbish will not be collected for three weeks after two councils merged their refuse collections.

Residents in Denmead have spoken of their anger as they are having to wait 22 days before their bins are collected.

The unusually warm autumn weather has sparked concerns about the smell and vermin.

It comes as East Hampshire District Council and Winchester City Council have signed a contract with Biffa Waste Services Ltd to collect refuse and recycling across the two areas.

Refuse and recycling are normally collected alternately every fortnight.

But to rejig the collection rounds some areas have had to be given back-to-back recycling collections. Denmead had its refuse collected last Monday and residents now have to wait until October 26.

Resident Rick Haynes said: ‘It’s a question of hygiene. Everyone pays enough and you expect your bins to be collected.

‘To me this is a very bad mistake from somebody who has signed off that contract.’

Clare Dimmer, of Southwick Road, said: ‘The bins are going to be gross with all this warmth and sunshine after sitting round for three weeks.’

Other areas where residents will have to wait longer include Whiteley, Wickham, Bishop’s Waltham, Shedfield, Swanmore, Boarhunt, Petersfield, East and West Meon and Buriton.

Robert Heathcock, assistant director of environment at Winchester City Council, said: ‘As a result of reorganising the domestic waste collection rounds, an unfortunate but unavoidable outcome is that a number of areas will experience extended periods between refuse collections.

‘The longest delay is an extra 10 days (on top of the usual fortnight wait), including weekends, but most people affected will have a shorter delay than this.

‘We apologise to residents for any inconvenience during this transitional period, but this delay will only apply for one collection. After that the new sequence of collections will revert to the familiar alternate weekly collection pattern.’

Officials added refuse bags could be kept in a shed or garage where possible until the collection day.