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  What A Load of Rubbish! £6,000 ‘Smart Bins’ Send a Text Message When Full - But Is Anyone Reading Them? They were hailed as the answer to Seaton Carew’s litter problem but the 15, £6,000 a-piece Smart Bins have quickly become something of a joke after several were spotted over-flowing with rubbish.   The bins, which cost an astonishing £90,000 in total, enough to buy more than 250 conventional litter bins, were the subject of a highly controlled video interview with Tony Hanson, Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods and Environmental Services in which he describes how the bins would hold 5 times the litter of a conventional litter bin and would even send a text message and e- mail to Hartlepool Council when they needed to be emptied.   However, the picture suggests that no one is responding to those messages and that council workers responsible for emptying the bins have simply continued with their existing routine.

Enter The Spin Merchant

It’s perhaps surprising that even the launch of a few litter bins should require the involvement of Hartlepool Council’s Public Relations Department but such is the level of sensitivity to things blowing up in the council’s face these days that the PR Department’s presence in all things has become almost mandatory. The Smart Bins were the subject of a Pam Gooderham interview with Tony Hanson, Assistant Director Neighbourhood and Environmental Services for HTV. These videos, there have been several now, are getting better but a story has emerged which shines some interesting light on this particular video interview. It's not a bad interview as interviews go although it does appear to be slanted one way - Hartlepool Council’s way. There's a reason for this. What you can't see, because he has kept himself off camera, is the council's PR man, Steve Hilton who was there to maintain control of events given that a HARTLEPOOL BOROUGH COUNCIL Director has been recklessly let loose in public. Prior to any filming taking place, the council Spin Merchant had previously insisted on seeing all of Pam's questions and it was made clear that should Pam deviate from the agreed script, he would halt filming immediately. Now we don't know what Tony Hanson earns but we’re guessing it will be something around the £90k mark. Even so, despite a level of remuneration that most Hartlepudlians could only dream about, he is obviously not trusted as being competent enough to deal with any awkward questions Pam might have asked that might have better reflected some of the public's genuine concerns over a £90k spend on just 15 bins.
One of the £6,000 Smart Bins - it sends a text message and an email to the council when it is full and needs emptying . . . but it seems the messages are being ignored.
  What A Load of Rubbish! £6,000 ‘Smart Bins’ Send a Text Message When Full - But Is Anyone Reading Them? They were hailed as the answer to Seaton Carew’s litter problem but the 15, £6,000 a-piece Smart Bins have quickly become something of a joke after several were spotted over-flowing with rubbish.   The bins, which cost an astonishing £90,000 in total, enough to buy more than 250 conventional litter bins, were the subject of a highly controlled video interview with Tony Hanson, Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods and Environmental Services in which he describes how the bins would hold 5 times the litter of a conventional litter bin and would even send a text message and e-mail to Hartlepool Council when they needed to be emptied.   However, the picture suggests that no one is responding to those messages and that council workers responsible for emptying the bins have simply continued with their existing routine.

Enter The Spin Merchant

It’s perhaps surprising that even the launch of a few litter bins should require the involvement of Hartlepool Council’s Public Relations Department but such is the level of sensitivity to things blowing up in the council’s face these days that the PR Department’s presence in all things has become almost mandatory. The Smart Bins were the subject of a Pam Gooderham interview with Tony Hanson, Assistant Director Neighbourhood and Environmental Services for HTV. These videos, there have been several now, are getting better but a story has emerged which shines some interesting light on this particular video interview. It's not a bad interview as interviews go although it does appear to be slanted one way - Hartlepool Council’s way. There's a reason for this. What you can't see, because he has kept himself off camera, is the council's PR man, Steve Hilton who was there to maintain control of events given that a HARTLEPOOL BOROUGH COUNCIL Director has been recklessly let loose in public. Prior to any filming taking place, the council Spin Merchant had previously insisted on seeing all of Pam's questions and it was made clear that should Pam deviate from the agreed script, he would halt filming immediately. Now we don't know what Tony Hanson  earns but we’re guessing it will be something around the £90k mark. Even so, despite a level of remuneration that most Hartlepudlians could only dream about, he is obviously not trusted as being competent enough to deal with any awkward questions Pam might have asked that might have better reflected some of the public's genuine concerns over a £90k spend on just 15 bins.
  What A Load of Rubbish! £6,000 ‘Smart Bins’ Send a Text Message When Full - But Is Anyone Reading Them? They were hailed as the answer to Seaton Carew’s litter problem but the 15, £6,000 a-piece Smart Bins have quickly become something of a joke after several were spotted over-flowing with rubbish.   The bins, which cost an astonishing £90,000 in total, enough to buy more than 250 conventional litter bins, were the subject of a highly controlled video interview with Tony Hanson, Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods and Environmental Services in which he describes how the bins would hold 5 times the litter of a conventional litter bin and would even send a text message and e-mail to Hartlepool Council when they needed to be emptied.   However, the picture suggests that no one is responding to those messages and that council workers responsible for emptying the bins have simply continued with their existing routine.

Enter The Spin Merchant

It’s perhaps surprising that even the launch of a few litter bins should require the involvement of Hartlepool Council’s Public Relations Department but such is the level of sensitivity to things blowing up in the council’s face these days that the PR Department’s presence in all things has become almost mandatory. The Smart Bins were the subject of a Pam Gooderham interview with Tony Hanson, Assistant Director Neighbourhood and Environmental Services for HTV. These videos, there have been several now, are getting better but a story has emerged which shines some interesting light on this particular video interview. It's not a bad interview as interviews go although it does appear to be slanted one way - Hartlepool Council’s way. There's a reason for this. What you can't see, because he has kept himself off camera, is the council's PR man, Steve Hilton who was there to maintain control of events given that a HARTLEPOOL BOROUGH COUNCIL Director has been recklessly let loose in public. Prior to any filming taking place, the council Spin Merchant had previously insisted on seeing all of Pam's questions and it was made clear that should Pam deviate from the agreed script, he would halt filming immediately. Now we don't know what Tony Hanson earns but we’re guessing it will be something around the £90k mark. Even so, despite a level of remuneration that most Hartlepudlians could only dream about, he is obviously not trusted as being competent enough to deal with any awkward questions Pam might have asked that might have better reflected some of the public's genuine concerns over a £90k spend on just 15 bins.
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