Morley Observer Column

After a relaxing break with the family over Christmas and the New Year, it’s great to get back to work.

But the problem is you always seem to get back to the office to find the postman has left you an overflowing bag of mail, and your inbox is flashing up a warning sign.

This time on my first day back in the office, my postbag has been full of people at the end of their tether, asking for my help with a different kind of overflowing bag.

The problems many people have faced with their bin collections have been a real nightmare, especially in some parts of Morley and East Ardsley. I know for a lot of people all the extra rubbish from Christmas presents and parties is still piled up under last week’s fresh sprinkling of snow.

I’ve been in regular contact with the Council and have made it clear that the poor service residents round here have faced is simply not good enough.

These problems started over a year ago in 2009. Who can forget how bin crews spent three months on strike after a crude attempt by the Tory and Liberal Democrat coalition Council to cut their wages by a third? Since then, the Council has struggled to implement a cost-cutting deal put together amid a spirit of distrust.

I’m really worried that the problems we have faced in Leeds are starting to sound too familiar. It is exactly the same sort of Tory and Liberal Democrat coalition which left bin services across Leeds in a mess, which is now taking reckless decisions to cut our police, NHS and education funding.

So almost two months after the first complaints, I am glad to hear that new measures are finally starting to have an impact. This weekend the Council launched Sunday collections to try and deal with some of the backlog of piled up rubbish.

And in the long term, the Council plan to increase the number of routes to ensure every resident gets a weekly collection at a scheduled time. I will be keeping the pressure on to ensure that happens. If problems persist, you can contact me through my website.

As for my overflowing bag of mail (which has just been replaced by our postie with yet another bag) it all serves to reinforce my New Year’s Resolution to fight even harder for people across Morley and the surrounding area.

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Posted January 12th, 2011 by Ed's team