Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion to take ac­tion over bin fires

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - PETE WAR­RING­TON pe­ter.war­ring­ton@reach­plc.com

A HOUS­ING As­so­ci­a­tion has promised to take ac­tion af­ter res­i­dents on a Lough­bor­ough es­tate com­plained over a third bin fire in the space of six months.

The lat­est bin fire in Char­teris Close took place in the early hours of May 25 and one fam­ily con­tacted the Echo claim­ing noth­ing was be­ing done about the in­ci­dents.

“We were luck­ily wo­ken up by our neigh­bours and a bed­room full of smoke! Stonewa­ter ap­pear to be do­ing noth­ing about the in­ci­dents - my wife and I could have eas­ily died due to the smoke.

“Af­ter the first fire, they re­placed the bins with new ones and posted a sign warn­ing of the dan­gers of fire. Af­ter the sec­ond fire they re­placed the bins with smaller black ones which has led to an in­crease of bags be­ing dumped in and around the bin area, which to their credit the es­tate care­tak­ers do there best to clear up ev­ery day.”

A spokesman for Stonewa­ter Hous­ing said they would be tak­ing steps to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion this week.

“We take our cus­tomers’ con­cerns very se­ri­ously and will be fit­ting a com­bi­na­tion lock, with bolts, to se­cure the bin store at Char­teris Close within the next week and res­i­dents will be pro- vided with the ac­cess code. Mean­while, our clean­ing con­trac­tor will con­tinue to visit the site daily to clear any stored refuse.

“In re­la­tion to the re­cent fire, CCTV footage has been passed to the po­lice to as­sist with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We are com­mit­ted to work­ing with lo­cal res­i­dents to re­solve any is­sues and will, of course, fol­low any ad­vice pro­vided by Le­ices­ter­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­viced, who we have an ex­cel­lent work­ing re­la­tion­ship with.”

The dam­aged bins in Char­teris Close, Lough­bor­ough.

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