WALTHAM FOREST: Row continues over borough's filthy streets (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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WALTHAM FOREST: Row continues over borough's filthy streets
12:22pm Thursday 20th November 2008 in News
THE row over the state of the borough's streets under street service provider Kier is still raging - nearly six months after they took the contract.
As complaints continue to come in over uncleared fly-tipping and leaves left piled up on pavements, local politicians are beginning to weigh in.
Prospective parliamentary candidate for Walthamstow Stella Creasy said: "Given that trees shed their leaves every year, I hope we won't get a 'teething problems' response."
And cabinet member for community safety Cllr Afzal Akram has stated that fly-tipping and leaf clearance crews promised for streets in Walthamstow should be "built into the core Kier service".
Northcote Road, Chewton Avenue, Church Hill and Maude Terrace, Walthamstow, have all been the subject of complaints over mounds of leaves and Buckland Road, Leyton has suffered repeat instances of fly-tipping.
Monty Purser, 55, who works as a sales a manager at Forward Group in Buckland Road, said: "This has been sitting there for four days now.
"It smells and is attracting foxes and rats - I am sick to death of emailing in reference to this street.
"We work here and have to walk through this mess."
What do you think? Are Kier providing an adequate service? Does your street have problems with uncleared fly-tipping or slippery leaves?
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