Now in 2021, a year we hope will be more positive and less challenging than 2020, we want to revisit our promise of cleaner, greener streets in Grangetown.
Sadly litter, ripped waste bags and fly-tipping have blighted our streets for too long. Despite the efforts of residents, community groups and the Council itself, we continue to face problems with waste across our communities.
Waste is one of the main issues which I and my colleagues deal with on a weekly, if not daily basis. Although there are clearly some who do not care, the levels of reporting we see, show that the majority of our communities do care about the way our areas, and our homes, look to others.
Whether its fly-tipping on Wedmore Road and Clive St Lane, waste dumped next to bins on Stafford Rd and Corporation Rd, or the wrong bags being put out in Durham St and Amherst St, we are committed to cleaning up our streets.
I am very pleased that following a full review of the service, the Council are making changes to the way they collect waste. From 22 February waste collections will only take place Tuesday – Friday, between 6am and 3:45pm, meaning that waste is on our streets for less time and there will be no confusion around Bank Holiday collections.
Waste in Grangetown will now be collected on Wednesday instead of a Tuesday, and every household that is affected, should have received a letter. Please tell me and my colleagues if you have not and we will get you a copy.
Lynda, Ash and I, have pushed for residents to be reminded of what waste goes in which bag/bin, when they are informed of the changes. We also regularly ask our Education and Enforcement team to visit properties which are causing an issue in our communities and to investigate fly-tipping in hotspots. It can be quite difficult for them to find enough evidence to identify and prosecute the offenders, but we would encourage all residents to share any information they have to make this possible and help us to solve this problem.
The Council will also be writing to all residents on the Assisted Lift programme – those who need assistance with their wheelie bins and food caddies – to check if they still need the support. If you or a loved one would like to know more, then please let me or my colleagues know and we can ask the Council to get in touch with you.
I am hopeful that the changes we are making will make a difference and move us closer to having cleaner, greener streets, but we need residents to support us as much as possible. As a team we are very grateful to the efforts of Keep Grangetown Tidy and other residents who go over and above to make our streets as clean as possible.
If you have any issues with waste collections, litter, or fly-tipping, please get in touch or contact the Council directly on 02920872087 or by using the Cardiff App.
Cllr Abdul Sattar