The Winter (and Summer) of discontent

This is the sight that greets our staff day in day out as we go to work in The Studio at the end of Newmans Lane.

The refuse from the restaurants, coffee bars, shops and flats is just dumped on top of and beside the bins. It attracts rats, squirrels and other vermin - perhaps not the best thought when you're sipping your latte, chewing your pasta or having your hair styled.

If this is how Victoria Road's traders deal with their rubbish what is their kitchen and shop cleanliness like? And as for the flat dwellers - well a squat would be more appealing. And it's not because of delayed refuse collections, the summer months are exactly the same, just more pungent.

Are the Council interested? Not a bit as it is a private road. Come on Surbiton, have you no pride?


Now there's an old mattress, more rubbish, crates, and an estate agents sign on the road. All the local Liberal Councillors, the Leader of the Council, our MP Ed Davey, the contractor - Veolia, (has a contract to keep the Royal Borough clean) know about this problem which has been going for years. We pay for refuse disposal and street cleaning but have to wade through disgusting, mounting rubbish. The Council has the powers to deal with this situation. The contractors have a responsibilty to clear the rubbish. The political representatives have the authority to make sure this this sitatution is sorted out for good. So what's happening? Nothing. When is the next election? When is the Veolia contract due for review/renewal? When is this disgusting mess going to be cleared and action taken to prevent it happening every day of the year?

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