I was checking the MSDC website to look
for an address when I happened to notice a news item about changes to the
refuse collection service. I have copied the first section:
The refuse collection service
in Mid Sussex is changing.
Starting from October 2004,
residents will be asked to place their refuse, in black sacks, out for
collection at the edge of their property.
If you currently leave your
rubbish out for collection in any location other than the edge of your
property (for example at the side of your property or in your back garden)
you will need to start leaving it at the edge of your property from October
If you live in a block of
flats which is currently serviced by a large container, there will be no
Your refuse collection will
remain weekly and the collection schedule will remain as normal.
The changes will occur in
three phases, beginning October 2004. To find out when the change will occur
in your area, check the table below.
Phase 1 starting in the
w/c 04 October 2004
East Grinstead, Turners
Hill, Crawley Down, Copthorne & Ashurst Wood
starting in the w/c 01 November 2004
Hill, Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, Lindfield, Hurstpierpoint & Hassocks
starting in the w/c 07 February 2005
Hoathly, Sharpthorne, Handcross, Balcombe Ardingly, Horsted Keynes,
Scaynes Hill, Bolney, Sayers Common & Albourne
Ok - you may think this sounds a good idea until you read further and
realise that each resident has to purchase their own plastic sacks and
keep them in the bin to collect the rubbish, before lugging them to the
edge of the drive on collection day! What about when you are ill or the
elderly and infirm - so-called special arrangements are being
First we get the amenity freighter service withdrawn, now it looks as
though we are half way to a 'dispose of your own' service - how long
before you are asked to drive to the local disposal site? We are being
asked to pay more council tax, yet find in this area the services are
being reduced - one problem with not having a Labour Council I suppose and
having minimal support from central government. Can you see this sort of
thing happening in a labour -controlled area?
Perhaps you would like to insert this topic into the website so that
residents can be forewarned and forearmed! What with daily bonfires and
now this I am rapidly becoming disgusted of Horsted Keynes!