Six-foot pile of rubbish blights birthday

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 May 2015

Tony Fransham's 60th birthday party was ruined by the ongoing dispute

Tony Fransham's 60th birthday party was ruined by the ongoing dispute


A disabled man began his 60th birthday celebrations on May 16 by struggling to clear waste.

Tony Fransham, of Ripple Court is appealing to the council and trade union GMB to end the dispute, claiming he faces a six-foot pile of dirty nappies and other rubbish.

“It’s an absolute mess,” he said. “It’s attracting rats and there are children here.”

He can’t visit his nearest collection point, which is a mile away, as he doesn’t drive and suffers from cervical spondylosis, making lifting his arms “extremely painful”.

Ripple Court’s Jacqueline Walsh, 45, shares his concern.

“The two people I live with are disabled,” she said. “One’s an amputee, and the other has a lung condition.”

The council cleared the area following complaints.

“The bins at the property have been cleared and bulk items in Ripple have been cleared,” a spokesman said.

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