Councillor raises concerns about wheelie bins in villages

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A COUNCILLOR has raised concerns over the introduction of wheelie bins in villages, claiming they will damage conservation areas and be unsuitable for residents’ properties.

Councillor Gerald Lee, ward member for Heighington and Coniscliffe, said many villagers around Darlington would struggle to store the bins as their homes had no rear access, and worried elderly homeowners with steep driveways would find it difficult to leave their bins out for collection.

The bins will be brought in by Darlington Borough Council next year, and Coun Lee has arranged for the authority’s Streetscene team to meet residents on Tuesday and address fears over the new scheme.

Coun Lee, chairman of the Litter Free Durham action group, said he had been contacted by a number of upset residents.

He said: “A lot of properties are terraced houses on village greens and there is no access from the front to the back.

“People are currently carrying black bags through their homes, but they can’t do that with a wheelie bin.

“There are some properties that have driveways like Mount Eiger, they are that steep, and you worry how their elderly occupants are going to manage, especially in winter.

“There will be people who are delighted the wheelie bins are coming, but we have got to do as much as we can and make it easier for those who are not so sure during this period of uncertainty.”

Coun Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and local environment, previously encouraged councillors to work with residents to on the bins.

He said: “The bins are tried and tested, and we now have to get the right routes for collection and councillors must consult with residents.

“I don't want anyone coming back next year saying they have not been listened to.”

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6:39pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Madadrian says...

Wheelie bins are also unsuitable for terraced houses where the exit to the back lane is up steps. That is provided the council require us to store these council owned bins on our property.

I think I will be leaving any bin the council places in the back lane exactly where they set it rather than risk injury trying to move it
Wheelie bins are also unsuitable for terraced houses where the exit to the back lane is up steps. That is provided the council require us to store these council owned bins on our property. I think I will be leaving any bin the council places in the back lane exactly where they set it rather than risk injury trying to move it Madadrian
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6:43pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Madadrian says...

"councillors must consult with residents"

I've attempted to raise the problems of these bins with local councillors in Northgate. The only response I got was that the matter was settled and there would be no change. Presumably they are both spending time spending the £17000 a year they get from the taxpayer to listen to any grievances the local rsidents have
"councillors must consult with residents" I've attempted to raise the problems of these bins with local councillors in Northgate. The only response I got was that the matter was settled and there would be no change. Presumably they are both spending time spending the £17000 a year they get from the taxpayer to listen to any grievances the local rsidents have Madadrian
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11:47pm Sat 1 Dec 12

gettuit62 says...

Some areas will find difficulty with bins, i.e. terraces with no rear access. These residences should be supplied with refuse bags by the council as some areas in Barnard Castle are, these bags to be placed at the front by the residents for collection on collection day.
People with back lanes which are steep, restricted in width so refuse vehicles can't get access should be requested by the refuse dept. to take their bins to the end of the lane so they can be emptied in bulk.
In back lanes which ARE accessible by refuse vehicles, the residents should be requested to, or use common sense, to make sure the lanes are clear of private cars.
Anyone, such as pensioners or disabled, will be given assistance whereby the binmen will be informed of these addresses, and they will go in themselves to get the bins and return them.
HELP THE BINMEN TO HELP YOU!
Bins are coming. Get used to it!
If anyone is wondering, I'm a binman and litter picker.
Think yourselves lucky, you're only getting one bin. The rounds I do, there are three bins, and a box for glass.
Some areas will find difficulty with bins, i.e. terraces with no rear access. These residences should be supplied with refuse bags by the council as some areas in Barnard Castle are, these bags to be placed at the front by the residents for collection on collection day. People with back lanes which are steep, restricted in width so refuse vehicles can't get access should be requested by the refuse dept. to take their bins to the end of the lane so they can be emptied in bulk. In back lanes which ARE accessible by refuse vehicles, the residents should be requested to, or use common sense, to make sure the lanes are clear of private cars. Anyone, such as pensioners or disabled, will be given assistance whereby the binmen will be informed of these addresses, and they will go in themselves to get the bins and return them. HELP THE BINMEN TO HELP YOU! Bins are coming. Get used to it! If anyone is wondering, I'm a binman and litter picker. Think yourselves lucky, you're only getting one bin. The rounds I do, there are three bins, and a box for glass. gettuit62
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9:30am Sun 2 Dec 12

Madadrian says...

When someone is injured manoevering one of these things in winter when there is snow and ice on the ground will they be able to sue the council?
When someone is injured manoevering one of these things in winter when there is snow and ice on the ground will they be able to sue the council? Madadrian
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10:10am Sun 2 Dec 12

oliviaden6 says...

Madadrian wrote:
"councillors must consult with residents"

I've attempted to raise the problems of these bins with local councillors in Northgate. The only response I got was that the matter was settled and there would be no change. Presumably they are both spending time spending the £17000 a year they get from the taxpayer to listen to any grievances the local rsidents have
Councils need to consult residents As far as Darlington Council goes you may as well forget it. This council is a law unto its self rate payers are just something to be dismissed by them on their way to wasting more money.
[quote][p][bold]Madadrian[/bold] wrote: "councillors must consult with residents" I've attempted to raise the problems of these bins with local councillors in Northgate. The only response I got was that the matter was settled and there would be no change. Presumably they are both spending time spending the £17000 a year they get from the taxpayer to listen to any grievances the local rsidents have[/p][/quote]Councils need to consult residents As far as Darlington Council goes you may as well forget it. This council is a law unto its self rate payers are just something to be dismissed by them on their way to wasting more money. oliviaden6
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