For goodness sake get rid of these wheelie bins

I was concerned to read the articles on Wheelie bins in your edition (November 9) and last week. Lets have consideration for those with disabilities and the older folk of society. I live on the Leftley estate and have been visited by the council on more

I was concerned to read the articles on Wheelie bins in your edition (November 9) and last week.

Lets have consideration for those with disabilities and the older folk of society. I live on the Leftley estate and have been visited by the council on more than one occasion.

The comments in the paper refer to the successful pilot scheme on several areas including my estate. Just because the people interviewed by the council representative say by a majority does not mean that the bins are either wanted or desirable for this estate.

The estate was designed, in the main with rear service roads to provide access to garages and for the effective collection of rubbish, which has for a very long time been the responsibility of the local authority, paid for by the rates and now the council tax.


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It was the council who changed the collection from the rear to the front when they increased the size of the dust carts. This was not a very sensible move, and totally unnecessary, as people then had to carry their rubbish through their houses to the front in black sacks. This is now to change to wheelie bins dragged over the carpets which the owners have paid for themselves.

The council argue that this is a more efficient way of collecting the rubbish, encouraging people to re-cycle more by sorting it themselves.

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I have spoken to my refuse collection team on several occasions to be told that the wheelie bins take considerably longer to service and although the loose rubbish left by bags splitting is slightly less, it may not offset the overall cost which will eventually be bourn by us the people.

My wife is registered blind and has a guide dog and a retired guide dog. Two weeks ago on a breezy day after the collection team had collected the rubbish, she took the guide dog for a walk around the block along Bradfield Drive and Sheringham Drive. If it had not been for the wonderful ability of the guide dog who stopped and miraculously guided her around each of these bins which were lying across the path, she would have undoubtably have fallen.

Will someone take away these horrible objects from the front gardens of our award winning estate and will the council please revert to their original collection patterns for our rubbish.

A resident of 34yrs

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