Green campaigners in Southend are celebrating today after the announcement that all homes in the borough will be given three wheelie bins for weekly collections – general waste, green waste and recyclable products. However, residents in certain parts of the town are outraged with the separate announcement that each bin will require a parking permit.
Southend News Network can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that anyone living in a controlled parking area of the town will need to purchase a permit for each wheelie bin that they leave out in the street for collection, unless they are confident that they can bring their bins back in before the permit controls come into effect each day. Taking Carlingford Drive in the Hospital Parking Zone as an example, on collection days the bins will need to be removed from the road by 9.30am, otherwise the owner will run the risk of receiving one fixed penalty notice (£35) per bin.
While this news will leave a lot of Southend residents feeling angry, a council representative has explained the decision. Nathan Dollop, Southend Head of Refuse Container Parking Enforcement, spoke to a Southend News Network reporter.
He said, ‘Although some people will feel that this is unfair, the fact remains that these wheelie bins will have four wheels each – exactly the same number as a car, van or four-wheeled bicycle. All of these vehicles would need a permit to park in a controlled zone, so if we allow wheelie bins to be left without a permit we would actually be breaking fifteen different European regulations.’
Mr Dollop continued, ‘A number of residents in controlled parking areas have contacted us to suggest that wheelie bins could be left just inside of each property’s boundary – however this would not be feasible on collection day. We set up a consultation group to run the numbers, and they calculated that leaving them just inside a garden gate would make every refuse worker in the borough walk an extra 17,000 miles per year. We would also like to point out that wheelie bins with blue badges will not be affected, but council officials will be randomly checking them for any able-bodied rubbish.’
‘At just £15 per year, these permits are excellent value for money. If any friends and relatives wish to bring their wheelie bins to your property on collection day, books of temporary permits can be purchased for £5 each.’
In another late development, Southend News Network can also EXCLUSIVELY confirm that residents without a drop kerb will be liable for a £500 fine if their bins are wheeled directly into the road. A council source confirmed that these fines would be used to carry out vital pavement repairs, and any funds left over would be used towards the purchase of 50 new Wheelie Bin CCTV Enforcement Vehicles.
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