I hate Mondays now I’m not elsewhere – the streets are a mess while Greenwich Council takes forever to collect the bins, carefully leaving them in such as a way as to block the pavement. Relatively narrow pavements like Charlton Church Lane are completely blocked, while wider paths like those in my own street become a slalom course. And it stays that way, all bloody day, until homeowners return from work, or – in the case of one of the houses in the streets above – for several days, until the homeowners can be bothered to move the bins. (Not that complaining to Greenwich Council does any good, of course; they are too slow to react, too disorganised to communicate properly with residents, and too timid to do anything about it).
And so the Monday mess goes on, disfiguring the streets and making the place look miserable. It’d help if the council told its bin teams to put the bloody bins back where they found them – but it’s just too much like hard work for Greenwich Council, an authority which desperately needs a change of culture and a change of leadership, some decent IT equipment to help its staff and perhaps something to motivate them into doing a good job instead of the bare minimum. Instead, it’s too busy printing propaganda newspapers and sucking up to Olympic organisers to see that its most basic service is falling apart.
Still, it does tell us that leaving wheelie bins out to block the pavement is illegal. If so, can we report the council to the police?