Cardiff taxpayers forced to move home

June 09, 2011 12:46 PM

Cardiff Council, the only council in Wales not subject to budgetary cuts, is failing to provide one of the most basic front-line services that taxpayers expect: refuse collection.

In an article published by Wales Online on 7 June, it has been reported that families living in Cathays are now being forced to move home due to the ‘slum’ conditions that have developed.

Residents that have lived in the area for nearly fifty years are now packing their bags, as the rubbish which plagues the area has become too much to handle. It's been reported that rodents and birds can be seen feasting upon heaps of decomposing refuse that has been left out on the wrong day or that hasn’t been handled within the weekly collection.

Recently Cardiff Council approved moving to fortnightly collections of waste, which ironically is reported to cost the Cardiff taxpayer more, and could lead to an epidemic of rats rummaging through the city’s black rubbish bags, a situation witnessed elsewhere the UK.

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Of course there are many initiatives actively promoting environmental strategies - one of which is Keep Wales Tidy, which provides an excellent service throughout Wales but seems to be failing in areas like Cathays.

It also has to be remembered it is the responsibility of residents to ensure that rubbish is placed out on the right day for collection, but the taxpayers of any city should not have to live in squalor or have their council push through policies, such as fortnightly bin collections, that are going to exacerbate problems taxpayers already face.Cardiff Council, the only council in Wales not subject to budgetary cuts, is failing to provide one of the most basic front-line services that taxpayers expect: refuse collection.

In an article published by Wales Online on 7 June, it has been reported that families living in Cathays are now being forced to move home due to the ‘slum’ conditions that have developed.

Residents that have lived in the area for nearly fifty years are now packing their bags, as the rubbish which plagues the area has become too much to handle. It's been reported that rodents and birds can be seen feasting upon heaps of decomposing refuse that has been left out on the wrong day or that hasn’t been handled within the weekly collection.

Recently Cardiff Council approved moving to fortnightly collections of waste, which ironically is reported to cost the Cardiff taxpayer more, and could lead to an epidemic of rats rummaging through the city’s black rubbish bags, a situation witnessed elsewhere the UK.

[caption id="attachment_38499" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This could easily get worse"][/caption]

Of course there are many initiatives actively promoting environmental strategies - one of which is Keep Wales Tidy, which provides an excellent service throughout Wales but seems to be failing in areas like Cathays.

It also has to be remembered it is the responsibility of residents to ensure that rubbish is placed out on the right day for collection, but the taxpayers of any city should not have to live in squalor or have their council push through policies, such as fortnightly bin collections, that are going to exacerbate problems taxpayers already face.

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