Cars ‘blockade’ prevents bin collection

INCONSIDERATE parkers are again causing a stink in Huntingdon.

INCONSIDERATE parkers are again causing a stink in Huntingdon.

Jos� Railton said council �lorries were often unable to get through to empty the bins behind her house because of the number of parked cars.

She said about 20 bins were left at the collection point in �Bernard Close, near her back garden.

Mrs Railton, of Sallowbush Road, said the bin collectors often had to return up to five times before they could get through.

With cars frequently parked along one side of Bernard Close and garage access required on the other side, the collection �lorries were unable to swing round to get close enough to the bins.

She said: “It’s bad enough when the refuse lorries can’t get through – but what about if the emergency services needed access?

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“It’s frustrating that people are parking along a narrow road and don’t seem to know that they are blocking others.”

Mrs Railton, 32, contacted Huntingdonshire District Council, and she said it had tried sending a smaller lorry but had still found the road blocked.

She and her husband Jon, who have a two-year-old daughter, Poppy, were also concerned at the public health hazard of the bins being left and had taken rubbish to the tip themselves.

She said: “The bins are right at the back of the house and we often use the back for going in and out of the house.

“People just leave their rubbish there until the bins get emptied.

“If this situation has not been resolved by the summer, I’m worried that it’s going to become a health and safety issue.”

The couple have lived in �Sallowbush Road for five-and-a-half years but said this was the worst the situation had been.

She said: “Imagine those bins in summer – it’s going to be horrendous.

“I’m also worried that with all those bins lying around it might be a target for vandals.”

A spokesman for HDC said the council was aware of the problem and was attempting to resolve it.