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Within 48 hours, nearly 600 people sign petition challenging changes to Gravesham's bin collections

PUBLISHED: 16:39 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:56 07 June 2017

The bin collections have only changed this week, June 5

The bin collections have only changed this week, June 5

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They claim the small bins mean there'll be more rats and foxes due to rubbish overflow

Nearly 600 people have signed a petition, set up opposing the changes to Gravesham’s bin collections, in the last 24 hours.

The campaign, which has been addressed to Gravesham Borough Council, was created by 30-year-old Simon Chapman, who has lived in the area all his life, and opposes the bi-weekly collection of the bins, which began yesterday, June 5.

He said: “There needs to be a change to the proposal to have the rubbish collected every two weeks, instead of every week, and the fact that they’re providing a small bin, with refusal to accept extra black sacks. The bins they’re providing will barely take two black sakes worth of rubbish.

“Gravesham Borough Council want us, the residents, to take any excess to the tip ourselves. This is not what we pay our council tax for, and this will be a requirement for all families, every single week. Some do not even have cars, what will happen to the rubbish then? There will be more rubbish on the streets, and an increase in rats and foxes attacking refuge.

“There needs to be a change, this has not been thought out well at all, and is nothing short of cutting corners to save costs.”

Other Gravesham residents, who have signed the petition, have stated their reason for doing so.

Michelle S, said: “So what happens if you don’t drive how are you meant to get to the tip, its a joke trying to cut costs, isn’t that what we pay council tax for?”

Deborah B, added: “If something isn’t broken, don’t fix it. We pay enough council tax. Leave well alone. There is more than enough fly tipping, this will create much more. A bad decision. No public opinions were sought either.”

And Matt A, said: “I expect bi-weekly collection will be chaos. People already put out waste on the wrong day at holiday times.”

The council previously stated they’d received ‘mixed reactions’ about the changes.

A spokesperson, said: “The majority of residents understand the benefits, such as foxes and cats no longer ripping the bags open, but others are concerned that there won’t be enough space for all of their rubbish with it not being taken every week.

“We’re one of the last boroughs to roll out the change, but you can’t really tell reactions before you do something.”

Gravesham Borough Council have been contacted for a response about the petition.

The petition can be found, here.

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