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Depot works spark missed bins row

The Labour opposition in Barnet has demanded an inquiry into missed bin collections only a fortnight after the Conservatives retained control of the north London council, partly through a pledge to keep weekly bin collections.

Labour’s environment spokesperson Alan Schneiderman said missed bin collections had been reported in parts of the borough following problems with over-running works at the council’s Oakleigh depot.

“This bin fiasco has been going on for weeks now, and residents deserve to know the truth about what has happened,“ he said. “We were told the problems at Oakleigh depot had been fixed, but now we learn there are still issues.”

Schneiderman said the Conservative administration had bought the site for £9m more than it was worth and had “completely mismanaged” the works.

A Conservative pledge at this month’s elections, where the party increased its majority, was to “keep your weekly bin collections”.

A council spokesperson said: “We have experienced some problems with routine refuse and recycling collections as a direct consequence of the recent remedial works at Oakleigh depot.

“This meant that some of our refuse and recycling vehicles had to travel further, often in congested traffic conditions, to an alternative site in north London. We would like to apologise to residents for any inconvenience this has caused.”

The council said the works had now been completed.

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