Council bosses have laid on extra refuse collections after bin rounds had to be scrapped due to last week’s severe weather.
Hundreds of homes in Huncoat and East Accrington had their refuse collection suspended on Friday, March 4 due to severe snowfall and safety fears. Initially, the council said they would not replace the collection, leaving homes faced with a four-week wait.
Bosses have now confirmed they will collect non-recyclable waste in the affected areas on Saturday, March 12, after one councillor said he was inundated with complaints from angry residents.
In a statement, the council said: “The affected areas are Huncoat, the Burnley Road Corridor and streets between Burnley Road and Bold Street in Accrington. Council crews will take extra bags on the next refuse collection day for any residents who miss the revised refuse collection day of Saturday, March 12.
“This applies to refuse collections only, not recycling collections; recyclable materials will be collected on the next recycling day for residents in the affected areas.”
Changes have also been made to Easter rounds - Good Friday collections will now be picked up on Saturday, March 19 and Easter Monday rounds picked up on Saturday, March 26. Parts of Church - lower Dill Hall Lane, parts of the Blackburn Road corridor and Milnshaw will have to wait an additional fortnight for recycling to be collected.
Coun Paul Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said; “We’re sorry that the heavy snowfall last Friday prevented our crews from making collections. We’re happy to report that the affected refuse collection missed on Friday, March 4 will now be picked up on Saturday, March 12.”
Huncoat ward councillor Eamonn Higgins said he had been fielding numerous complaints from residents about the delays.
The council said they sent 4,000 text messages to affected residents, and posted updates online.