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Bins uncollected despite paying new charge

Posted on Tuesday 29th April 2014 at 2:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Green bin not emptied in Little Stoke.

Householders in Little Stoke have hit out after their green bins were left uncollected despite paying South Gloucestershire Council’s controversial new charge for the collection of garden waste, dubbed a “bin tax” by Conservative councillors who opposed its introduction.

Residents living in Silver Birch Close (off Braydon Avenue) are the latest to complain about the “chaos” of the council’s green bin charging policy after they failed to receive their scheduled green bin collections since the change kicked in on 31st March.

Carol Mason of Silver Birch Close in Little Stoke said:

“Our experience tells us that South Gloucestershire Council’s green bin charging policy is in chaos. Households are paying the £36 bin tax, but are still not having their bins collected as scheduled.”

Fellow Silver Birch Close resident Hilda Atkinson added:

“We should be receiving some form of compensation or refund for the fact that we are not receiving the service which we have paid for, but we won’t hold our breath. The council should have left the green bin collection service as it was, rather than introduce the chaos that it has.”

Stoke Gifford Councillor Keith Cranney (Conservative) said:

“It’s utterly unacceptable that, despite forking out for this punitive bin tax, residents have not had their green bin waste collected on either of the last two collection cycles as scheduled. It beggars belief that the council seems to be making it as difficult as possible for households to do the right thing and recycle their waste. This new ‘service’ is a complete shambles and households paying the bin tax are being ripped off.”

Photo (l-r): Carol Mason, Cllr Keith Cranney and Hilda Atkinson.

Source: Press release from the Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council.

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Stoke Gifford man runs London Marathon in memory of dad

Posted on Friday 11th April 2014 at 10:00 am by SH (Editor)

Marathon runners Paul Adams (left) and Andrew Turner.

A Stoke Gifford man is running this weekend’s London Marathon in memory of his dad who passed away in 2011.

Paul Adams, 33, is taking on the 26.2-mile challenge along with partner Andrew Turner, on behalf of local charity St Peter’s Hospice, which cared for Paul’s dad Barry Adams in his final days.

Paul, a pension administrator at Aon Hewitt, said:

“My Dad passed away in 2011. His wish was to pass away at home surrounded by family and it was St Peter’s Hospice which made that possible for him. They provided the care and support he needed to make it happen and also supported us as a family during a very difficult time.”

“The care we received was invaluable and meant that his final days were spent at home in comfort.”

“I have always said I wanted to take part in the London Marathon at least once in my lifetime. Andrew and I applied last year and when we got in we decided as it was such a big event it would be a great opportunity to raise money for the amazing charity that helped my dad.”

“I have only taken part in 10ks before and have only been running for three years so this is going to be a huge challenge!”

“Andrew and I have been running at least three times a week – two shorter runs of around five miles during the week and then longer runs on the weekend ranging from five miles up to 18 miles. Training has kind of taken over our lives at the moment so we’re looking forward to weekends where we don’t have to run!”

The London Marathon is taking place on Sunday (13th April) and will start at Blackheath in Greenwich and end at The Mall at Westminster. Since the first marathon in 1981, £660 million has been raised for charity.

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