Ipswich Borough Council’s bin crews plan to return on Saturday to collect the backlog caused by the ferocious Beast from the East.
The crews have been unable to collect everyone’s bin this week in the face of some treacherous conditions but a Council spokesman said: “If conditions permit we shall be out again from 6am on Saturday and on Monday (normally a non-collection day) in an effort to catch up. We are keen to get the job done so please leave your bins out and we will collect bins, and bagged up black bin waste, if it is safe to do so. However, we might still be collecting bins we missed during the snow into the early part of next week.”
The Council is also asking residents to assist in the catch-up. “If people could see how much compostable waste they have in their brown bins and if they are less than half full leave them for the next collection cycle instead of leaving them out that would really help us.”
Meanwhile, the Council’s parks staff have begun visiting vulnerable residents to help clear their gardens. Around 3,000 people are on the Borough’s Assisted Gardens Scheme and parks manager Lisa Stannard explained: “We will be contacting as many as we can over the weekend to offer our assistance on Monday as people attempt to clear up after the dreadful weather. Some of my team have already started – clearing paths and fallen branches.”
Crown Pools, Fore Street pool, the Waterfront Profiles gym and Whitton, Northgate and Gainsborough sports centres were all open today and services are expected to continue over the weekend. Museums, parks and cemeteries will be open, too, if conditions allow.
Ipswich Borough Council’s Deputy Leader, Bryony Rudkin, said: “I want to thank all our staff for their magnificent efforts in the face of some really challenging conditions this week. It has been a great team effort across many services. I also want to thank residents for their support, in particular for our bin crews, and for their patience.”
More Ipswich Market stallholders braved the chill today – and the Council spokesman said: “Hopefully, when the weather eases many more people will be able to visit the market to stock up on supplies.”