Anger as bins fester in front of Darwen homes

Anger as bins fester in front of homes

Anger as bins fester in front of homes

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A STREET where bins have to be left to fester in front of homes has been likened to the ‘Third World’.

Residents in Gordon Street, Darwen, have to leave their dustbins by their front doors because binmen refuse to collect them from the unadopted back alley.

And as the weather turned hot and sticky this week, the bins have led to nasty smells of rotten rubbish floating into people’s homes.

One homeowner said she regularly spent time working in Africa and said: “I don’t live in such conditions with rubbish on the front doorstep.

“Not only this, but I cannot get a tenant, let alone house buyer, because of this problem.

“Is it right that we should still be forced to live with our garbage and other people’s rubbish on our doorsteps?

“For years now the residents of Gordon Street are made to face the rubbish every single time they walk through the door.

“In the height of the summer months, the opportunity to have the door open to let a breeze through the house is gone.

“All we get is the smell of garbage.

“The residents each pay more than £1,000 a year in council tax.

“With that amount of money, can the council not surface the alleyway behind, making it easier for the rubbish collectors to drive down there.

“For many years the residents had to push the wheely bins to the end, in fact most prefered to do this than face the rubbish every day on the front doorstep.”

Sudell councillor Roy Davies said: “I could not agree more.

“I have complained about this many times in the past.

“The binmen refuse to go down the back alley because they say in winter it can become unsafe.

“The problem is the back alley is unadopted as when the houses were built the alley was not handed over to the council.

“And they have said it is up to the people living in the street to get it into a state where it can get adopted.

“But as far as I know every house on the terraced side of the street is rented and the people who own the houses won’t put any money together to get it sorted.”

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4:09pm Sat 26 Jul 14

California Blue says...

Having just spent a week in Darwen after many years away, the town is being left to rot by BwD council. Footpaths are the worst I've ever seen and general upkeep of hedge rows and green areas is shocking, overgrown and litter everywhere. On top of that the once picturesque town parks are unloved and in urgent need of some TLC. What's happened to the flower beds in bold venture park? Very disappointing.
Having just spent a week in Darwen after many years away, the town is being left to rot by BwD council. Footpaths are the worst I've ever seen and general upkeep of hedge rows and green areas is shocking, overgrown and litter everywhere. On top of that the once picturesque town parks are unloved and in urgent need of some TLC. What's happened to the flower beds in bold venture park? Very disappointing. California Blue
  • Score: 11

4:27pm Sat 26 Jul 14

useyourhead says...

why are they there every day, surely they are kept in the properties boundaries and presented in front on the day of collection only?
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if your bin is out the day before in gt harwood they descend on you as if you had tipped a bucket of cholera on the street.
why are they there every day, surely they are kept in the properties boundaries and presented in front on the day of collection only? - if your bin is out the day before in gt harwood they descend on you as if you had tipped a bucket of cholera on the street. useyourhead
  • Score: 16

4:31pm Sat 26 Jul 14

mrcool says...

First world problems.....
First world problems..... mrcool
  • Score: 9

6:22pm Sat 26 Jul 14

VamboMarbleEye says...

mrcool wrote:
First world problems.....
Nor sure Darwen counts as First World ;-)
[quote][p][bold]mrcool[/bold] wrote: First world problems.....[/p][/quote]Nor sure Darwen counts as First World ;-) VamboMarbleEye
  • Score: 2

8:24am Sun 27 Jul 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

You are just lazy dirty bast**ds.
You are just lazy dirty bast**ds. HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: -4

9:06am Sun 27 Jul 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Terrible reporting from the lancashire telegraph. I qoute, binmen refuse to collect them. If anyone responsible for this pathetic news story thinks its the bin collectors who have made this decision you are miles wide of the mark to put it mildly. This is a decision made probablly on health and safety grounds to cover the councils backside. So to the councllor Roy davies, and the lancashire telegraph, have the balls to have a pop at the people who have brought in this policy . Or maye you are just to illinformed or cowardly to take on the managers at the council who are responsible.
Terrible reporting from the lancashire telegraph. I qoute, binmen refuse to collect them. If anyone responsible for this pathetic news story thinks its the bin collectors who have made this decision you are miles wide of the mark to put it mildly. This is a decision made probablly on health and safety grounds to cover the councils backside. So to the councllor Roy davies, and the lancashire telegraph, have the balls to have a pop at the people who have brought in this policy . Or maye you are just to illinformed or cowardly to take on the managers at the council who are responsible. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 5

12:59pm Sun 27 Jul 14

darwenTower says...

We all have a bin and we all go a week without it being emptied.

Why are these particular residents bins stinking so badly? I walk past our bin several times daily and it isn't kicking out an obnoxious stench.
We all have a bin and we all go a week without it being emptied. Why are these particular residents bins stinking so badly? I walk past our bin several times daily and it isn't kicking out an obnoxious stench. darwenTower
  • Score: 6

3:21pm Sun 27 Jul 14

dswnew says...

The bin men no longer bring there wagon down back alleys can't get a clear answer from the council as to why, when the recycling wagon can manage it !!
The bin men no longer bring there wagon down back alleys can't get a clear answer from the council as to why, when the recycling wagon can manage it !! dswnew
  • Score: 0

11:16pm Sun 27 Jul 14

campbell69s says...

The bin also don't make a journey down my back alley, but I take the bin to where they do collect in the morning, and return it in the evening. As I'm sure the majority of people do. I don't just leave in the street and then compain about it.
The bin also don't make a journey down my back alley, but I take the bin to where they do collect in the morning, and return it in the evening. As I'm sure the majority of people do. I don't just leave in the street and then compain about it. campbell69s
  • Score: 2

12:28pm Mon 28 Jul 14

We'll win the next one says...

What a load of rubbish !
Leave your door open in Darwen....now your asking for trouble !
What a load of rubbish ! Leave your door open in Darwen....now your asking for trouble ! We'll win the next one
  • Score: 2

7:48am Wed 30 Jul 14

wotdouno says...

Ah well,get used to it, It won't get better.
Ah well,get used to it, It won't get better. wotdouno
  • Score: 0

2:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

pm1960 says...

Don't blame the Council - the present Govt has cut the Councils funding by about 40% since 2010 with another 15% to come next year. If YOUR household budget was cut by this much then obviously you would have to cut back on things. Parks, litter picking, weed killing etc are not statutory services so these services are the ones that have to get cut the most.
Don't blame the Council - the present Govt has cut the Councils funding by about 40% since 2010 with another 15% to come next year. If YOUR household budget was cut by this much then obviously you would have to cut back on things. Parks, litter picking, weed killing etc are not statutory services so these services are the ones that have to get cut the most. pm1960
  • Score: 0

9:07pm Wed 30 Jul 14

wotdouno says...

What a surprise no comment from Snr Managment yet again,
Mind you,they probably don't know we're the street is in question.
What a surprise no comment from Snr Managment yet again, Mind you,they probably don't know we're the street is in question. wotdouno
  • Score: 0

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