Woman’s bins were not emp­tied for SIX weeks

The Oban Times - - News - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

A DUN­BEG res­i­dent was left with four bins full of rub­bish for six weeks be­cause in­con­sid­er­ate drivers blocked the way of the refuse lorry try­ing to col­lect it.

Those liv­ing in the cul- de-sac at the cor­ner of Lorn Road have had to wait for their bins to be up­lifted be­cause the lorry isn’t able to turn be­cause of cars parked on the cor­ner.

El­iz­a­beth Mc­Dougall’s house has been by­passed on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions and she has had to wait for up to six weeks in the past. A smaller lorry had to be used re­cently for her bins to be emp­tied.

Ms Mc­Dougall said: ‘I have lived here for a year-and-a-half and there have been a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions when they [the bins] have not been emp­tied for five to six weeks and they can get a bit stinky. It’s no one’s fault as such. It’s not the same per­son ev­ery week, but if some­one parks their car on the cor­ner, the bin lorry can’t re­verse out of the cul- de-sac.

‘The one time it wasn’t emp­tied for five to six weeks, the bin men came out ev­ery day to try and even­tu­ally came out in the smaller lorry, like they did last week. It’s a pain for them. It’s ex­tra hours and ex­tra work.

‘It’s just a badly de­signed vil­lage and there are too many cars. Ob­vi­ously when the vil­lage was built, there weren’t many cars.’

A spokesman for Argyll and Bute Coun­cil said: ‘There is an on­go­ing is­sue where ir­re­spon­si­bly parked ve­hi­cles pro­hibit the safe ac­cess of our bin lorry. We don’t have the man­power, re­sources or time for our staff to walk up the road and bring the bins down.

‘To clear the back­log, we used a smaller lorry to spe­cially ser­vice the bins on Satur­day but this won’t be pos­si­ble in the long term.

‘ We will be writ­ing to res­i­dents to keep the area clear or to bring their bins to the end of the street if it is blocked. It should also be noted that, if the road is blocked, it would also pro­hibit ac­cess for emer­gency ve­hi­cles.’

Sean MacIn­tyre, chair­man of Dun­beg Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said: ‘In a time of aus­ter­ity, when the coun­cil is try­ing to save money, how can it find the time and money to spend on over­time and on send­ing out another bin lorry, but doesn’t have the re­sources or time for staff to walk up the road?

‘It’s go­ing to get worse when the bins are moved to be­ing up­lifted ev­ery three weeks. The street is al­ready tight dur­ing the day. How are they go­ing to get down at 7pm?’

Iain Maclean, Oban North and Lorn coun­cil­lor, said: ‘The short­term so­lu­tion would be to place a cou­ple of bol­lards on the cor­ner on a Wed­nes­day evening or even a sign.

‘A more struc­tured so­lu­tion would be to have yel­low lines, but as far as I’m aware it’s only a prob­lem on a Thurs­day morn­ing.’

Julie McKenzie, Oban North and Lorn coun­cil­lor, added: ‘Fol­low­ing a com­plaint from the chair­man of Dun­beg Com­mu­nity Coun­cil last Fri­day morn­ing, I con­tacted se­nior of­fi­cers in the amenity ser­vices depart­ment and I’m pleased to say the prob­lem was quickly re­solved by front-line coun­cil staff on Satur­day morn­ing.

‘From what I un­der­stand, the is­sue at Lorn Road is due to in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing and I ap­peal to any­one park­ing in the area to do the right thing and not cause an ob­struc­tion on the pub­lic road.’

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