Residents are ‘disgusted and upset’ that bins in a North London park are regularly ‘overflowing with dog poo and rubbish’. Locals have accused Brent Council of allowing its green spaces to ‘fall into disrepair’.
King Edwards VII Recreation Ground in Willesden, which boasts a children’s playground and picnic area, has been described as ‘poorly managed’ by the council’s park services amidst calls for bins to be collected more frequently.
Willesden resident, Josh Mendelsohn, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS): “I live near King Edwards VII where the bins are regularly overflowing with dog excrement bags and other rubbish.”
He added: “The condition of the park is especially upsetting as neighbouring parks in more affluent parts of Brent miraculously appear very well maintained and resourced. It really is a disgrace that Brent is permitting its green spaces to fall into disrepair.”
King Edwards VII is scheduled to be cleaned twice a week but Josh says it “seems that recently it’s down to once a week”. He called this “inadequate” for a park used so frequently and complained to park services. Brent Council insists that the bins are still emptied twice a week.
Josh added: “[…] they assured me that collection frequency was being looked at. The park is popular among a wide variety of local residents but remains poorly managed”.
Cabinet member for environment, infrastructure, and climate action, Councillor Krupa Sheth, said: “Residents enjoy our award winning parks all year-round. When the weather is good we expect that some of our bins are more likely to be full, so we ask you to take your rubbish home to dispose of in your own bin rather than leave it next to the full bin.”
She added: “Our crews continue to empty our refuse bins twice a week. Thank you to residents who keep Brent clean, green, and environmentally friendly