Hammersmith and Fulham Council is on the front page of tonight's Evening Standard. The Standard has picked our borough out as one of those that have "already missed out on their weekly collection" and goes on to say that "rats will be desperately seeking food and shelter" and that "uncollected rubbish lying around on the streets will be extremely attractive to them".
The Standard makes a good point. To be fair though, it's worth noting that H&F isn't the only local authority in this position. But, it was the only London borough not to have put grit onto its streets when the snow fell because they failed to plan properly, cut essential resources and couldn't get their machinery to work. As a result, our Council are stuck in a game of catch-up, which is why they're yet to collect much of our waste and have managed to gain centre stage for bad practice in the process.
H&F Council told the Standard that they will now put on "extra shifts... so as much as possible of the waste and recycling is collected". However, they have posted a comment on their website that seems to contradict this telling residents "The new combined refuse and recycling collections that were scheduled to take place on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 of February were suspended. This refuse and recycling will now be collected on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 of February".
I hope they manage to get their act in order for the sake of all of us. Please email me here if you are experiencing any problems and I'll do all I can to help.