Redbridge binmen stranded after shortcut backfires
BINMEN were left red-faced after stranding their truck in inches of mud while taking a shortcut to avoid parked cars.
The refuse truck became stuck in Manford Cross, Hainault, yesterday (Wednesday) at around 9am while on its regular rubbish collection.
Paving stones were smashed by the vehicle, which was left deep in wet mud, as it attempted to cross a grass verge in order to avoid parked cars on the bend of the road.
Residents stood outside their houses aghast as they watched repeated failed attempts to get the truck out of the mud using a tow van.The efforts lasted five hours.
Mandy Stimpson, 44, said: “They shouldn’t be going over that. They’ve made a complete mess of it. They must have been in a hurry!”
You may also want to watch:
Another neighbour, Lynne Foster, said: “We have had warnings saying we will be fined if we park on, or cross, the green. One of my friends who lives opposite has been fined.”
She added: “They [the refuse collectors] have only picked up half the road’s rubbish, I don’t know when the rest will be done now.”
- 1 Consultation on proposed controlled parking zones to begin
- 2 More than 100 Covid dead at Queen's and King George this week
- 3 Almost 250 homes without internet in Goodmayes after car accident takes out telecoms box
- 4 GPs roll up their sleeves to support colleagues at Queen's Hospital
- 5 Covid outbreak at Woodford Green care home delays vaccinations
- 6 Double murder accused remanded in custody over ‘brutal’ stabbings
- 7 Double murder charge over stabbings, as police name victims
- 8 Life sentence for Chigwell man convicted of murder
- 9 Redevelopment plans likely to be approved despite 144 objections
- 10 Surplus of primary school places now but shortage expected within 10 years
Redbridge Council’s refuse contractor had despatched vans to assist with freeing the stuck truck. One of the crew, a rubbish loader, said it was his first day on the job.
“We just got stuck trying to cross that bit of pavement. We had no choice because of the way people had parked.”
Other residents also complained about lack of space around the green.
Jaz Kaur, 36, said: “Once or twice they’ve knocked on doors to get people to move their cars to get the truck through. But I’ve never seen them drive across the green before. It’s bizarre.”
A council spokesman said: “Rubbish collections in the borough will not be affected by the incident, and any damage will be repaired at the expense of the council’s refuse contractor.”
The vehicle was finally freed at 2pm.