Anger after Oadby bin collections halted due to snowy conditions

By Jayden Whitworth

A frustrated resident in Oadby has called for bin lorry drivers to be given winter driving lessons to prevent repeats of delays to services during recent snow and icy conditions.

The winter snow left many Oadby residents with surplus amounts of waste and garbage that was not picked up during normal collection schedules. 

This year saw record breaking amounts of snow fall across the county leaving an 8cm blanket in some places. 

Understandably, this meant that bin collection services struggled to go ahead and had to be postponed for later in the week. 

Some Oadby residents were left waiting for more than two weeks for their bin to be collected, causing a backlog of waste and bad smells. 

One of them was Ewan Walker who said: “In winter, the gritting of more roads would be a good idea. 

“We have had occasions when they [refuse collectors] cannot collect due to risk assessments but can send a van to grit the paths at the bottom of our road for the elderly in bungalows but they don’t grit any further. 

“Sending drivers for advanced training somewhere like MIRA Proving ground to train on skid pans may also be of benefit. 

“They should grit the roads when weather warnings are issued and not play catch up when it is too late. 

“Then they didn’t take all of the rubbish, so we had to contact the council to take the extra bag that they missed.” 

The bin collection was rescheduled for later that week once icy conditions had improved.

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