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Yes there are teething troubles with the rubbish collections but give credit where it’s due

21 April, 2017

• I DON’T imagine I am the only Camden resident to be surprised by the furore unleashed in your April 13 (Sorry about the mess!) pages regarding what were obviously teething troubles with the new rubbish collection regime.

By using highly selective pictures to get your story across (many of the photos of rubbish were clearly taken just before the bin lorry arrived!), and quotes from opposition councillors, some of whom, it seems, will go to any lengths to turn a situation into a party political issue, you managed to present a strangely distorted picture.

It certainly did not represent what I and my neighbours in Kentish Town experienced last week. This photo (above) of the rubbish paladins in Leighton Road, taken the day after your paper was published, demonstrates the council’s normal, efficient operation.

Of course, we would rather have weekly, rather than biweekly, bin collections. But let’s not forget that the blame for much of the stringent cost-cutting that so plagues our society lies with central government far more than with local councils.

Let’s give Cllr Meric Apak and his team credit where it is due.

PHILIP ALLEN
Leighton Grove, NW5

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