Resident’s anger at weekly bin blight next to her home

county times july 21
county times july 21

A HOMEOWNER has voiced anger over a bin collection point which sees up to 20 rubbish-filled containers left outside her house every week.

Deirdre Redford, of Nelson Road, Horsham, has lived with waste next to her home since December 2010 after rubbish vehicles could no longer fit down Milton Road cul-de-sac.

However, Horsham District Council (HDC) claim ‘access issues are caused by residential parking’ on the road.

Mrs Redford has since been fighting to relocate the bins on the grounds of them ‘not only being an eyesore, but a danger to residents with both hygiene and blocking of the pavement’.

She said: “I don’t know how this happened.

“I got a notice before Christmas last year on my bin which said they had to be collected from a new point, and it was only when I saw all the other bins outside my house when I realised this must be the new collection point.

“This makes me feel very angry because we have no frontage to our house anyway and to have bins outside all the time is just disgusting.

“Unhygienic stuff spills out and because they’re out for so long birds come along and it’s only a matter of time before rats come in.

“The rubbish backs onto our side path and the smell is absolutely disgusting.

“Why can’t the dustman walk down and collect the bins? I know it’s all time and money but it’s health and safety at the end of the day.

“Health and safety is important, and for them [HDC] to be flouting that, is not good.”

In a letter to the council, Mrs Redford expressed her opinions asking for a ‘full review of this current location’ and a split of the collection point into several areas.

A spokesperson for HDC said: “We received a letter in March 2011 from Mrs Redford prompting a site meeting in April which Mrs Redford attended.

“Access issues caused by residential parking in Milton Road, which have been an ongoing for many years prior to the introduction of the Acorn scheme, were discussed.

“The council has carried out a risk assessment of Milton Road and found that it poses no additional hazard as a result of the introduction of the new Acorn Plus vehicles, save that of access caused by on-street car parking.

“We are working with local residents to try to reduce the service impact parked vehicles cause but we have yet to establish a long term solution for this ongoing problem.”

Deirdre Redford and views of the bin collection point outside her home in Nelson Road, Horsham.