“Rats as big as cats” are becoming regular visitors to Grantley Street in Grantham, according to a resident of more than 50 years.
Helen Oldham, 54, has lived in the same house in the street since birth, and as such feels she is best placed to highlight ongoing problems with refuse collections. As motorists are welcome to park along both sides of the one-way street binmen often arrive and find they are unable to squeeze the truck in between. And so they continue on their way until a smaller vehicle can be sent along, sometimes two days later. And in the meantime, waste in wheelie bins and bags is left rotting along the street. Helen said: “They need to stop cars parking down one side of the road. If there’s no parking there there’s no excuse that they can’t get that wagon down. We pay our council tax. Itemised on my bill is refuse collection...but they are not collecting it. Everybody blames everyone else but nobody’s doing anything about it.” However, South Kesteven District Council’s waste and recycling service manager Keith Rowe said action has been taken. He said: “Collections on Grantley Street were made at the earliest possible opportunity on Thursday following the road being blocked on Wednesday by illegally parked cars. We have contacted Lincolnshire County Council highways department and the parking enforcement team on the issue. On occasions when access to making collections is restricted, we endeavour to make collections as quickly as possible with a smaller vehicle when required.”