Jeff's five-month fight to empty bins still not won
A ST BLAZEY shopkeeper has hit out at a waste collection service for turning the area into a "rubbish dump" following a five-month battle to have the public bins emptied.
Jeff Oliver, who runs St Blazey Post Office and Convenience Store, contacted the Cornish Guardian after growing weary of rubbish strewn outside his shop.
Mr Oliver, 44, said: "It's disgusting. The public bins are overflowing. I am out there sometimes three times a day picking up and cleaning up the rubbish.
"It's not just a problem for my shop; it's causing a problem for others too."
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He has had to clean up takeaway wrappings, nappies, sick and even dog mess.
"Our business rates and council tax has gone up but what are we getting for that? If it wasn't for me sweeping up and putting the rubbish into bags the rubbish would just be left there.
"People who visit St Blazey will perceive it as a rubbish dump."
Mr Oliver said despite contacting Cornwall councillor Roy Taylor "more times than he can remember" nothing has changed.
Mr Oliver added: "Cory should be answerable for the poor service we are receiving."
Mr Taylor, the councillor for St Blaise, said he had repeatedly raised the problem with county hall officers but the area's rubbish plight had fallen on deaf ears.
He now plans to file an official complaint about Cory Environmental.
Litter bin-emptying was taken over by Cory as part of an eight-year, £125 million contract.
The firm is also responsible for the kerbside collection service, which was plagued with problems when it was first launched.
Mr Taylor said dog waste bins, which Cory Environmental are also contracted to empty, are also being left.
"I have tried but I can't get any reaction out of the council on this one. Why should it be left to public-spirited people like Jeff to pick up the rubbish?"
Cornwall Council has said that since receiving complaints from residents and Mr Taylor, action had been taken. A spokesman said: " The litter bins are scheduled to be emptied each week; some every other day. A council officer has confirmed that he has carried out spot checks over the past six weeks to ensure that the contractor is complying with the contract and is satisfied that it is."