Res­i­dents hit out over ‘bin not emp­tied for over month’

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By FIONNULA HAINEY News Re­porter news@trin­i­tymir­ror.com By FIONNULA HAINEY News Re­porter news@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

RUB­BISH was left un­col­lected for over a month on one Can­ley street be­cause coun­cil work­ers were un­aware that the com­mu­nal bin had been moved.

Res­i­dents of flats above the shops on Char­ter Av­enue have been left with an over­flow­ing bin for sev­eral weeks, with bags sur­round­ing the bin be­ing col­lected - but not the bin it­self.

In ad­di­tion to the un­bear­able stench, res­i­dents claim that it has caused an in­fes­ta­tion of rats.

One res­i­dent, who did not wish to be named, said: “The bins haven’t been emp­tied for over a month. All the coun­cil are do­ing is clean­ing the bags around it.

“I’ve con­tacted them and been told that even though we now have rats, they have A FU­RI­OUS mum says she has to dodge dog mess, vomit, empty drug pack­ets and rub­bish scat­tered along the street on her way to school.

Re­becca Sum­mers shot a video as she walked along Mil­ton Street in Stoke with her chil­dren, near to where she lives.

It shows a small stretch of the road lit­tered with cig­a­rette butts, plas­tic wrap­pers and small plas­tic bags which Re­becca says have rem­nants of co­caine in - but the mum says that is just a snap­shot of the whole area.

She said: “The whole area is a mess. There are drug bags, sick, dog mess and every­thing.

“There’s a post of­fice on the cor­ner with an ATM out­side and a lot of re­ceipts get left on the floor there.

“Across the road there is an empty space with a fence around it and that gets used as a dump­ing ground for bags of rub­bish.

“That’s the way I walk to take my lit­tle boy to school. You’ve got to watch where you’re walk­ing be­cause it’s not safe.”

Re­becca said she was dis­gusted that the street had not been kept clean.

Af­ter post­ing the video on Face­book, she was urged by her friends to re­port the lit­ter to the coun­cil.

But Re­becca said she couldn’t find out how to re­port the mess when she vis­ited Coven­try City Coun­cil’s web­site.

The Tele­graph has con­tacted Coven­try City Coun­cil for a com­ment.

no idea when or if it will be sorted.

“I’ve got a three-year-old and I know at least one other per­son liv­ing here has a child.

“It’s health and safety, and well, it’s dis­gust­ing. The smell is so bad.”

Coven­try City Coun­cil, who are re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing the bins from the flats, failed to empty the bin, as it had been moved from its des­ig­nated lo­ca­tion. A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “

“We’re go­ing out to the site to clear the ex­cess waste.

“The com­mu­nal bin is for do­mes­tic waste for the flats above the busi­nesses al­though it is of­ten mis­used by other peo­ple. On this oc­ca­sion it was moved to a new lo­ca­tion – which we were un­aware of.

“Our crew are mov­ing it back it back to its cor­rect lo­ca­tion.

“We will con­tinue weekly col­lec­tions now that we have iden­ti­fied the is­sue.”

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