Kennet Council Rubbish a local Hero
DEVIZES resident Phil Oliver is prepared to go to court after being told he had committed an offence by handing in a bag of household rubbish at Kennet District Council's offices.
Mr Oliver, of Cornfield Road, took his bag of rubbish to Kennet's offices at Browfort in Bath Road, Devizes, when it went uncollected due to a one day strike by refuse workers and Unison members in a row over pensions.
Kennet said his action in depositing the litter was a criminal offence and ordered him to pay a fixed penalty notice of £50.
"I was a bit fed up because rubbish from bags ripped open by cats had blown into my garden. I rang Kennet to find out when the rubbish would be collected and received a curt response that it would be the following week.
"I was a bit miffed by this so I took my bag of rubbish and went to Kennet's offices. I asked to see the manger of the refuse department and was told he was not in.
"I then gave my bag of rubbish to the receptionist and asked that she give it to the manager with the message that he should make suitable contingency plans for such events and not expect the rate paying public of Devizes to put up with rubbish all over the streets for a week. I was quite polite about it. I went straight from work and was wearing a shirt and tie."
Kennet Council said: "The council will not tolerate waste being dumped. This case of illegally deposited waste was passed to the legal department for consideration under the Environmental Protection Act."
Collecting the rubbish used to be the one and only service that Kennet Council could do efficiently - but they can't even do that now as they have far better things to spunk our money away on now. I hope he holds out against Kennet - and next time they fail to collect my rubbish I will be taking the tipping trailer into Browfort myself.