Re­think urged on re­mov­ing van­dalised grit bins

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

RE­MOV­ING van­dalised grit bins would “pun­ish” law-abid­ing res­i­dents, coun­cil­lors claim.

Many of Soli­hull bor­ough’s 267 con­tain­ers are be­com­ing “eye­sores”, prov­ing a tar­get for van­dals or be­ing stuffed with gen­eral lit­ter and dog waste bags.

There are also grow­ing con­cerns about the amount of grit- ting salt be­ing stolen for pri­vate drive­ways, fol­low­ing re­peated re­quests to re­fill the bins last win­ter.

De­spite the raft of prob­lems, mem­bers of Soli­hull Coun­cil’s neigh­bour­hood ser­vices scru­tiny board voiced reser­va­tions about tak­ing away the con­tain­ers which were be­ing abused.

Cllr James But­ler (Con, Blythe) said: “I agree that it’s tre­men­dously frus­trat­ing when you open a grit bin and it’s full of rub­bish.

“Most of the ones around my ward are. It’s in­cred­i­bly in­con­sid­er­ate.

“How­ever, I be­lieve that re­mov­ing them is pun­ish­ing peo­ple for some­one else’s crimes re­ally.

“They’re a ne­ces­sity for road safety and for pave­ment safety. So it’s a pain that they’re abused, but I think re­mov­ing them would start a tor­rent of crit­i­cism from law-abid­ing cit­i­zens.”

Cllr Diana Holl-Allen, the scru­tiny board’s chair, said it was ev­i­dent from the dis­cus­sions that there was a cer­tain “ner­vous­ness” about the pro­posal and asked for these views to be passed on.

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