'Rubbish' parking causes Blackburn bin chaos

Coun Salim Sidat, centre with residents Abdul Mulla and Alison Robinson at the alley being blocked by cars

Coun Salim Sidat, centre with residents Abdul Mulla and Alison Robinson at the alley being blocked by cars

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A BLACKBURN councillor has called on drivers to ‘end their ignorance’ after bin collections were aband-oned because of badly-parked cars.

Coun Salim Sidat said he had personally had to guard an alleyway off Queen’s Park Road to prevent cars from blocking access to bins.

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The Audley councillor called a residents’ meeting last night in an attempt to solve the problem, which has led to a rubbish pile-up in the ginnel between Pringle Street and Ripon Street.

He has also called for Blackburn with Darwen Council to paint double yellow lines at the trouble spot to prevent motorists from parking there.

A public meeting at Audley Sports and Community Centre was held to discuss the issue.

Coun Sidat said: “People park there for so long, the bin collectors can’t get in and out. It’s a difficult issue because there is nothing to stop parking there, but people don’t seem to realise that sometimes the bins aren’t being collected.

“Every morning when there is a collection, I have had to stand and beg people not to park there. It’s very annoying.

“For the people who live there, it’s not their fault, but they seem to be the ones getting punished.”

The ginnel in question falls into Queen’s Park ward while Queen’s Park Road and Pringle Street straddle the ward boundary between Queen’s Park and Audley.

Coun Sidat said he had made Blackburn with Darwen Council aware of the problem and had applied for a Traffic Regulation Order to pro-hibit parking in the area.

He added: “I have to consider everyone in the area.

“There are businesses nearby so I don’t want to stop parking on the street altogether, but this has been going on for too long now.

“Hopefully the meeting will solve the problem. Getting a parking order might take months, but we need a solution to this now, whether that means getting some signage or a banner or whatever.”

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5:47pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Openminded? says...

Who gives a cra*? (No pun intended)
Who gives a cra*? (No pun intended) Openminded?
  • Score: 7

5:50pm Tue 2 Sep 14

doggydog says...

yellow lines get ignored away! get the traffic warden up there!
yellow lines get ignored away! get the traffic warden up there! doggydog
  • Score: 22

6:10pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Ronnietate says...

What's to stop the bin men who are getting paid, to push the wheelie bins out onto the street. When I was a bin man years ago I had to carry the bin out on my shoulder to the bin wagon and then carry it back again when it was empty. We did not have wheels on the bins back then. We also did not have all the health & safety rules that will no doubt be used as an excuse as to why they can no longer do this.
What's to stop the bin men who are getting paid, to push the wheelie bins out onto the street. When I was a bin man years ago I had to carry the bin out on my shoulder to the bin wagon and then carry it back again when it was empty. We did not have wheels on the bins back then. We also did not have all the health & safety rules that will no doubt be used as an excuse as to why they can no longer do this. Ronnietate
  • Score: 30

6:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

abetterblackburn says...

Please correct me if I’m getting this all wrong but are you saying that the bin men won’t drive down the alley to collect the bins in case they can’t get out afterwards?

The people who live near me have a similar problem. But they leave their bins out at the entrance so the bin men can simply collect at the one spot. They are being good neighbours and are going to apply for their ‘Good Neighbours award’ and feel sure your council leader would appreciate your good neighbouring skills. How about being really good neighbours and take it in turn to put the bins out for your neighbours for the bin men to collect from the one place. Problem solved by using good neighbouring skills of which your next MP for Blackburn will appreciate greatly.

Another way to overcome this problem would be to open the gates. Asking the bin men to climb over the gate to collect your bins is a bit much to expect isn’t it. Sort it out for yourselves you lazy bar stewards and stop wasting rate payers money complaining all the time about nothing serious!
Please correct me if I’m getting this all wrong but are you saying that the bin men won’t drive down the alley to collect the bins in case they can’t get out afterwards? The people who live near me have a similar problem. But they leave their bins out at the entrance so the bin men can simply collect at the one spot. They are being good neighbours and are going to apply for their ‘Good Neighbours award’ and feel sure your council leader would appreciate your good neighbouring skills. How about being really good neighbours and take it in turn to put the bins out for your neighbours for the bin men to collect from the one place. Problem solved by using good neighbouring skills of which your next MP for Blackburn will appreciate greatly. Another way to overcome this problem would be to open the gates. Asking the bin men to climb over the gate to collect your bins is a bit much to expect isn’t it. Sort it out for yourselves you lazy bar stewards and stop wasting rate payers money complaining all the time about nothing serious! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 13

6:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Bellypork says...

Get alleyway patrol woman and partner from Mill Hill, she'll sort it out......... As long as it's nothing to do with Taxi drivers having a dump down there.......
Get alleyway patrol woman and partner from Mill Hill, she'll sort it out......... As long as it's nothing to do with Taxi drivers having a dump down there....... Bellypork
  • Score: 8

7:01pm Tue 2 Sep 14

boynesider says...

get the wardens up there to book all the plonkers that park on the pavement,double yellows,zigzag lines and at the traffic lights.anyday will do.but I fear they wont want to upset "the community".
get the wardens up there to book all the plonkers that park on the pavement,double yellows,zigzag lines and at the traffic lights.anyday will do.but I fear they wont want to upset "the community". boynesider
  • Score: 22

7:46pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Stone Island: says...

I didn't think they used bins in that area. The last time I ventured into that area, I assumed the bin men were on strike, as there was that much rubbish in the streets. Filthy it was.
I didn't think they used bins in that area. The last time I ventured into that area, I assumed the bin men were on strike, as there was that much rubbish in the streets. Filthy it was. Stone Island:
  • Score: 26

8:43pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mark anthony says...

The area sums it up!! They are all a law to them selfs. Get your comments in before they all taken off
The area sums it up!! They are all a law to them selfs. Get your comments in before they all taken off mark anthony
  • Score: 16

8:49pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Openminded? says...

boynesider wrote:
get the wardens up there to book all the plonkers that park on the pavement,double yellows,zigzag lines and at the traffic lights.anyday will do.but I fear they wont want to upset "the community".
Strangely, I am from that "the community" and I have to agree!
[quote][p][bold]boynesider[/bold] wrote: get the wardens up there to book all the plonkers that park on the pavement,double yellows,zigzag lines and at the traffic lights.anyday will do.but I fear they wont want to upset "the community".[/p][/quote]Strangely, I am from that "the community" and I have to agree! Openminded?
  • Score: 15

9:05pm Tue 2 Sep 14

EDL make me laugh says...

mark anthony wrote:
The area sums it up!! They are all a law to them selfs. Get your comments in before they all taken off
Your a kno8
[quote][p][bold]mark anthony[/bold] wrote: The area sums it up!! They are all a law to them selfs. Get your comments in before they all taken off[/p][/quote]Your a kno8 EDL make me laugh
  • Score: 2

9:15pm Tue 2 Sep 14

gazp64 says...

Some bin men cant even drag a bin 2 yards when they deem it too heavy. I am recovering from cancer and had a major op. I had to drag my green recycling bin at least 25 yards to the collecting point. But a so called bin man couldnt drag it 2 yards to be put on a mechanical arm to be emptied as he deemed it to heavy. Absolute joke. I worked on the bins years ago and we moved everything and emptied bins by hand. What the hell do we pay our taxes for?
Some bin men cant even drag a bin 2 yards when they deem it too heavy. I am recovering from cancer and had a major op. I had to drag my green recycling bin at least 25 yards to the collecting point. But a so called bin man couldnt drag it 2 yards to be put on a mechanical arm to be emptied as he deemed it to heavy. Absolute joke. I worked on the bins years ago and we moved everything and emptied bins by hand. What the hell do we pay our taxes for? gazp64
  • Score: 20

10:34pm Tue 2 Sep 14

shirtbox says...

They got major problems?
They got major problems? shirtbox
  • Score: 7

10:53pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Itisme123 says...

Park where they want up there
Park where they want up there Itisme123
  • Score: 12

6:46am Wed 3 Sep 14

Just an observer says...

So this is the only place where, residents hinder the bin emptying? i think not, this is a regular thing here where i live, almost every Tuesday (bin day) the access is blocked. the residents know this and yes, they still park there. so why is this one any different?
So this is the only place where, residents hinder the bin emptying? i think not, this is a regular thing here where i live, almost every Tuesday (bin day) the access is blocked. the residents know this and yes, they still park there. so why is this one any different? Just an observer
  • Score: 6

7:47am Wed 3 Sep 14

woolywords says...

Am I missing something here?
The caption under the photo states that the 3 people are at the alley being blocked by the cars. The article reports that one of the three wants double yellow lines painted. Yet, in the photo itself, I can clearly see two yellow lines.
There should be no problems in getting the civil enforcement people up there before the binmen arrive, as they always manage to be in our area whenever there is a football game, even on the evening games!
Nothing like a photograph of the offending vehicle alongside bin wagon, to convince anyone else of the obstruction caused.
Am I missing something here? The caption under the photo states that the 3 people are at the alley being blocked by the cars. The article reports that one of the three wants double yellow lines painted. Yet, in the photo itself, I can clearly see two yellow lines. There should be no problems in getting the civil enforcement people up there before the binmen arrive, as they always manage to be in our area whenever there is a football game, even on the evening games! Nothing like a photograph of the offending vehicle alongside bin wagon, to convince anyone else of the obstruction caused. woolywords
  • Score: 6

10:02am Wed 3 Sep 14

Lancslad01 says...

try hookah-ing up some dodgy cctv installation.
try hookah-ing up some dodgy cctv installation. Lancslad01
  • Score: -3

4:10pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Shabzk says...

This issue has been causing a problem to more than 1 street and because of this bins have not been emptied for more than 3 weeks. The bin men need access to this yard so they can then access the other yard.

The council for not taking action, bin men for not doing their job and the ignorant people who park their cars in the wrong spot are to blame.

@abetterblackburn, do you expect people on the other streets to role the bins down from one alley to another for them to be collected? Would take some people 10 minutes to role it down and another 10 to role it back.

Why didn’t the bin men use the other gate from Pringle Street? I tell you why, because they were being lazy and have an excuse to why they have not emptied the bins. Less work for them! We know they might have a route plan to follow, but it’s not hard to find an alternative route for next time.
This issue has been causing a problem to more than 1 street and because of this bins have not been emptied for more than 3 weeks. The bin men need access to this yard so they can then access the other yard. The council for not taking action, bin men for not doing their job and the ignorant people who park their cars in the wrong spot are to blame. @abetterblackburn, do you expect people on the other streets to role the bins down from one alley to another for them to be collected? Would take some people 10 minutes to role it down and another 10 to role it back. Why didn’t the bin men use the other gate from Pringle Street? I tell you why, because they were being lazy and have an excuse to why they have not emptied the bins. Less work for them! We know they might have a route plan to follow, but it’s not hard to find an alternative route for next time. Shabzk
  • Score: 0

8:55pm Wed 3 Sep 14

zabby says...

Crush all illegally parked cars,this is another result of over populated areas where families have 8 kids each,welcome to Blackburn
Crush all illegally parked cars,this is another result of over populated areas where families have 8 kids each,welcome to Blackburn zabby
  • Score: -1

9:00pm Wed 3 Sep 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Ronnietate wrote:
What's to stop the bin men who are getting paid, to push the wheelie bins out onto the street. When I was a bin man years ago I had to carry the bin out on my shoulder to the bin wagon and then carry it back again when it was empty. We did not have wheels on the bins back then. We also did not have all the health & safety rules that will no doubt be used as an excuse as to why they can no longer do this.
And thats probablly why your bent double or you are going to suffer from all sorts of RSI problems in old age. Health & safety is there to protect workers whatever there occupation is. Your comments are very much the stupid comments of a bin collector of old.
[quote][p][bold]Ronnietate[/bold] wrote: What's to stop the bin men who are getting paid, to push the wheelie bins out onto the street. When I was a bin man years ago I had to carry the bin out on my shoulder to the bin wagon and then carry it back again when it was empty. We did not have wheels on the bins back then. We also did not have all the health & safety rules that will no doubt be used as an excuse as to why they can no longer do this.[/p][/quote]And thats probablly why your bent double or you are going to suffer from all sorts of RSI problems in old age. Health & safety is there to protect workers whatever there occupation is. Your comments are very much the stupid comments of a bin collector of old. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: -1

9:07pm Wed 3 Sep 14

ghost of sceptic says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Please correct me if I’m getting this all wrong but are you saying that the bin men won’t drive down the alley to collect the bins in case they can’t get out afterwards?

The people who live near me have a similar problem. But they leave their bins out at the entrance so the bin men can simply collect at the one spot. They are being good neighbours and are going to apply for their ‘Good Neighbours award’ and feel sure your council leader would appreciate your good neighbouring skills. How about being really good neighbours and take it in turn to put the bins out for your neighbours for the bin men to collect from the one place. Problem solved by using good neighbouring skills of which your next MP for Blackburn will appreciate greatly.

Another way to overcome this problem would be to open the gates. Asking the bin men to climb over the gate to collect your bins is a bit much to expect isn’t it. Sort it out for yourselves you lazy bar stewards and stop wasting rate payers money complaining all the time about nothing serious!
The council should have a system where collection points are in place. Another picture of a worthless councillor getting his mugshot in the paper.
Maybe the councillor in question could move into the 21st century regarding the collection of how refuse is collected , or educate himself and others how it should be collected.
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: Please correct me if I’m getting this all wrong but are you saying that the bin men won’t drive down the alley to collect the bins in case they can’t get out afterwards? The people who live near me have a similar problem. But they leave their bins out at the entrance so the bin men can simply collect at the one spot. They are being good neighbours and are going to apply for their ‘Good Neighbours award’ and feel sure your council leader would appreciate your good neighbouring skills. How about being really good neighbours and take it in turn to put the bins out for your neighbours for the bin men to collect from the one place. Problem solved by using good neighbouring skills of which your next MP for Blackburn will appreciate greatly. Another way to overcome this problem would be to open the gates. Asking the bin men to climb over the gate to collect your bins is a bit much to expect isn’t it. Sort it out for yourselves you lazy bar stewards and stop wasting rate payers money complaining all the time about nothing serious![/p][/quote]The council should have a system where collection points are in place. Another picture of a worthless councillor getting his mugshot in the paper. Maybe the councillor in question could move into the 21st century regarding the collection of how refuse is collected , or educate himself and others how it should be collected. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Wed 3 Sep 14

ghost of sceptic says...

gazp64 wrote:
Some bin men cant even drag a bin 2 yards when they deem it too heavy. I am recovering from cancer and had a major op. I had to drag my green recycling bin at least 25 yards to the collecting point. But a so called bin man couldnt drag it 2 yards to be put on a mechanical arm to be emptied as he deemed it to heavy. Absolute joke. I worked on the bins years ago and we moved everything and emptied bins by hand. What the hell do we pay our taxes for?
seem to have managed to fill your green bin without much problem by the sounds of it. Maybe we should go back to collecting it with a horse and cart. Ever bothered to read your council tax bill? or should i say ,can you read your council tax bill? If you can you will see why you pay your taxes and where 90% of it is spent, its certainlly not spent on bin collections.
[quote][p][bold]gazp64[/bold] wrote: Some bin men cant even drag a bin 2 yards when they deem it too heavy. I am recovering from cancer and had a major op. I had to drag my green recycling bin at least 25 yards to the collecting point. But a so called bin man couldnt drag it 2 yards to be put on a mechanical arm to be emptied as he deemed it to heavy. Absolute joke. I worked on the bins years ago and we moved everything and emptied bins by hand. What the hell do we pay our taxes for?[/p][/quote]seem to have managed to fill your green bin without much problem by the sounds of it. Maybe we should go back to collecting it with a horse and cart. Ever bothered to read your council tax bill? or should i say ,can you read your council tax bill? If you can you will see why you pay your taxes and where 90% of it is spent, its certainlly not spent on bin collections. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: -3

11:41pm Wed 3 Sep 14

ImperfectMuslimah says...

Gosh the ignorance in alot if these Comments is astonishing. .. Yes the binmen have a job to do But they are not paid to drag all the bins down the alley! People need to stop being so inconsiderate and stop parking at the entrance of the alleyway! I am a resident of The area in question and its us that have to suffer week in week out this week once more again we are left with purple bags to fill our rubbish because our bins havent been emptied its very Frustrating! 2 weeks ago the bin men asked the owners of the cars to park elsewhere and were given point blank refusals. .. its just not on!




The bin men are not to blame
the councillors are not to blame
the residents are not to blame

the thoughtless drivers of the cars are!!!
Gosh the ignorance in alot if these Comments is astonishing. .. Yes the binmen have a job to do But they are not paid to drag all the bins down the alley! People need to stop being so inconsiderate and stop parking at the entrance of the alleyway! I am a resident of The area in question and its us that have to suffer week in week out this week once more again we are left with purple bags to fill our rubbish because our bins havent been emptied its very Frustrating! 2 weeks ago the bin men asked the owners of the cars to park elsewhere and were given point blank refusals. .. its just not on! The bin men are not to blame the councillors are not to blame the residents are not to blame the thoughtless drivers of the cars are!!! ImperfectMuslimah
  • Score: 2

2:34pm Thu 4 Sep 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

Attach to their windscreens, a penalty notice for obstruction, a fine,
paint the yellow lines, if they continue with these bad habbits and they are parked illegally , ...WHEEL -CLAMP them. Hit them where it hurts the most,
in their obese wallet.
Attach to their windscreens, a penalty notice for obstruction, a fine, paint the yellow lines, if they continue with these bad habbits and they are parked illegally , ...WHEEL -CLAMP them. Hit them where it hurts the most, in their obese wallet. :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: 3

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