Wheelie Bin News Roundup 23rd October
70 Firefighters tackled a huge blaze at a wheelie bin storage yard in Southall in London. A total of 10 fire engines were called to the site, and the smoke could be seen from parts of west London. The fire service said that a large number of bins were damaged. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Colchester Council will not be handing out any more wheelie bins to residents for the foreseeable future. A huge change to waste collection services in the area was rolled out in the summer, and new bins were given to 12,000 households. Some households that did not receive new bins have requested them, but the council’s waste chief said there were no plans to give out any more.
Residents in Woodcote in Surrey could be given stickers to put on their wheelie bins to remind drivers to watch their speed.
The parish council has been approached by a sticker supplier with the idea for the bin stickers, which would have an image of a 30mph speed limit sign. 500 stickers would be enough for a sticker on every bin in the areas where speeding is an issue. Many drivers drive through 30mph areas at 40mph or over.
Residents will be consulted, and if they support the idea, the stickers could be handed out before Christmas. The reaction to the proposals so far on social media, has been positive, and there have even been suggestions that the speed limit should be reduced further to 20mph.
The council is targeting households in the roads on the approach to the village, especially a road that runs through the middle of the village, as it is the closest to local schools. They are also considering introducing other traffic calming measures like a zebra crossing, for which the highways authority has granted them permission.
The crossing is set to cost the council more than they had expected however, so the work is likely to be put on hold to see if it can be made more affordable. The reason why it is going to be expensive is that it involves extra work like drainage, and work on the footpaths and kerbs.
The council say that they receive a lot of requests from parishes to do similar work, and they have to weigh up the costs and benefits of each project.
A pensioner who had his bins stolen is furious after being told he has to pay £75 to replace them. The 74-year-old had his black, blue, and green bins stolen, and they were set on fire by vandals. The fire service and the police were called, however, when he contacted the council, he was told he would have to pay £25 per bin for replacements.
The elderly man said that his local area has been plagued by anti-social behaviour, and that gangs of youths stealing wheelie bins and setting them on fire is an increasing problem. He added that he is angry that his council tax does not cover the cost of new bins, and that he can’t afford to pay for them.
The council refused his request pay in instalments, and told him that his rubbish would not be collected if it was not in a bin.
It is the second time that his bins have been stolen, and he didn’t pay for the initial replacements.
Sunderland city council’s policy is that if your bin has been stolen, and you have a crime number, the charge for new bins does not apply. They said that they are looking into the pensioner’s case.
The police have encouraged anyone who witnesses wheelie bin crime to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.