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The latest annual Thoona Wheelie Bin Championships have been hailed as a success. Hordes of spectators and competitors descended on the town to take part in the popular event. Organisers say the event is getting bigger each year, with 40-plus competitors taking part this year; an increase on the 26 people who registered for the event last year.
As well as the racing, there were market stalls to browse, a gourmet barbecue, and a bouncy castle for the kids. Organisers are hoping that next year’s event will be the biggest yet, as they celebrate its 20th anniversary
An elderly man has won a 2-year long battle against Middlesbrough Council’s plans to block off an access route to his garden, which has stood for 100 years. Blocking off the access route would have forced the 85-year old to push his bin 200 yards, around trees, fences, and washing lines. But a judge ruled that his right of way must be protected.
Middlesbrough Council had planned to sell the site next to the man’s home to a housing developer, but after a 2-year legal battle, which cost him £9,000, he emerged victorious.
The council commented that they had hoped to settle the matter out of court, but they respect the judge’s decision.
Residents in the Murray Area of East Kilbride have hit out at South Lanarkshire Council, claiming that their wheelie bins are left lying on the street instead of being emptied on collection day. Residents say that bins can be left in the street for over a week, and they are only emptied after several calls to the council. They say that the situation has been going on for almost a year. The council say that getting access to some of the areas is a problem, due to the number of parked cars. Residents say that when rubbish is left out, it poses a health hazard, and that they shouldn’t have to ‘pester’ the council to get their bins emptied. The council responded by saying that they’ve assigned parking attendants to the area to ensure that the refuse vehicles have access to the streets. They added that drivers must park responsibly and that collections have taken place as planned over the last few weeks after parking patrols were increased in the area.