Thursday, October 05, 2006


Oliver's Battery hits the national headlines!

Loath as I am to link to an article in the Telegraph, this one is too good to miss. Winchester's refuse collection is contracted out to Serco, who are supposed to collect from 7.00 am. They've been getting earlier and earlier in this patch and waking lots of people up in the process. Last Friday an Oliver's Battery resident took matters into his own hands. He used his car to trap the lorry in a side road and refused to budge until they agreed to come back at a reasonable hour.

Lots of e-mails flew around that day, culminating in this statement from Serco:
"I can only apologise for being in the Oliver's Battery area at an unacceptable time this morning, this came about because I trusted the crew to take the keys home the night before. Unfortunately my trust was abused and the vehicle left the depot far too early.
In future no vehicles will leave the yard until the keys have been issued to the driver by the supervisor."

A victory for people power!
And the binmen came at 7.50 this morning, rather than 6.30 - so it seems to have worked.
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