Weymouth residents' fury at 'one bin collection in 13 weeks'

HEALTH HAZARD: Cyrill Gill, Rose Malcolm and Rosalind MacGregor in the bin store

HEALTH HAZARD: Cyrill Gill, Rose Malcolm and Rosalind MacGregor in the bin store

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ELDERLY residents in Weymouth have slammed their housing provider and the Dorset Waste Partnership after, they claim, their bins were emptied just once in 13 weeks.

Residents of the Green House housing complex on Bedford Road, which only opened three months ago, said the communal bin area where residents put their individual rubbish was too small and was a health hazard due to overflowing rubbish.

There are 20 flats at Green House, which is owned by Synergy housing, part of the Aster Group, and two communal bins and 14 recycling bins are kept in a padlocked compound that requires a code to enter.

Cyrill Gill, 90, a resident in one of the flats, said: “The rubbish is overflowing out of all the bins; it’s all on the floor and the smell is disgusting.

“I am 91 next year and I don’t see why I should take my recycling to Morrisons when I should have the bins where I live.

“We don’t seem to be able to get anything done about it. Everyone is annoyed about it, the stink is terrible.”

Rosalind MacGregor’s flat is next to the bin compound. She said: “We have been here for 13 weeks and they have only emptied the bins once.

“That is not good enough, it is a health hazard. I’m on the ground floor next to the bins and it got to the point where I couldn’t open my windows because the smell was so bad.”

Mrs MacGregor also called for more bins at the housing complex.

She said: “There are 20 flats in the development and only two communal bins, we really need four bins. They need to be emptied on a regular basis, once in 13 weeks is a disgrace.”

Rose Malcolm, also a resident in one of the flats, said: “The compound smelt really bad, when I opened the gate I couldn’t believe it. It got to a point where I didn’t want to take my rubbish out, I was keeping it in my kitchen so I didn’t have to go out there. Bags of rubbish were everywhere, on the floor, on top of the bins.

“I don’t know if was rats or seagulls, but it had got everywhere and it was dangerous.”

A spokesman for Aster Group said they had sent workmen to remove the overflowing rubbish earlier this week.

The spokesman said: “Although there were some initial problems with the bin store these issues were quickly resolved and we’ve received no recent reports of them reoccurring.

“Two bins have been allocated for the bin store and regular collections are made from them by Dorset Waste Partnership.

“This is the standard number of bins for a development of this size and should be sufficient for our customers’ needs.”

Karyn Punchard, Dorset Waste Partnership street scene manager, denied the bins had only been emptied once. She said: “To begin with the bin store did not have gates, so we provided a padlock as well as two communal bins, which have been emptied regularly. “We will be talking to Synergy and residents about their needs for recycling and individual bins and will be happy to work with them to resolve any problems that exist.”

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7:21am Mon 2 Jun 14

MrTomSmith says...

While they are at it, they need to look down Brownlow Street I had to help a blind man navigate all the rubbish on the paths in that area near to the Doctors surgery. A couple of the adjacent roads were covered in rubbish, what a disgusting mess. Absolutely terrible it was. Hopefully it has been cleaned up by now, but why is it getting like this? Don't we pay enough money to keep our streets cleaned? I think we do, more than enough. Get a grip of this for gods sake. Dear me. And it stinks as well!
While they are at it, they need to look down Brownlow Street I had to help a blind man navigate all the rubbish on the paths in that area near to the Doctors surgery. A couple of the adjacent roads were covered in rubbish, what a disgusting mess. Absolutely terrible it was. Hopefully it has been cleaned up by now, but why is it getting like this? Don't we pay enough money to keep our streets cleaned? I think we do, more than enough. Get a grip of this for gods sake. Dear me. And it stinks as well! MrTomSmith
  • Score: 14

10:57am Mon 2 Jun 14

February1948 says...

I would say "withhold your Council Tax" but then the residents would be frightened into paying up by the Local Authority threatening Court action.
I would say "withhold your Council Tax" but then the residents would be frightened into paying up by the Local Authority threatening Court action. February1948
  • Score: -1

11:21am Mon 2 Jun 14

shy talk says...

Looking at the photograph. I suspect Synergy housing is trying to save money by using council supplied bins that are free. To solve the problem for twenty flats rubbish you would need at least six 500 litre trade wheelie bins. This would also cover the recycling requirements. You can ether buy for about £170.00 each or lease them.
Looking at the photograph. I suspect Synergy housing is trying to save money by using council supplied bins that are free. To solve the problem for twenty flats rubbish you would need at least six 500 litre trade wheelie bins. This would also cover the recycling requirements. You can ether buy for about £170.00 each or lease them. shy talk
  • Score: 9

1:56pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Workingfulltime&Skint says...

Synergy Spokesman said, "Two bins have been allocated for the bin store and regular collections are made from them by Dorset Waste Partnership.
“This is the standard number of bins for a development of this size and should be sufficient for our customers’ needs.”

By the look of the picture the bins are the standard household green bins, 2 standard household green bins, for 20 flats, your having a laugh, 1 green bin normally covers a family of 4, if you are lucky to have 5 people in your household you can have 2 green bins, these people need atleast 6-7 of these bins depending on how many residents there are. Or as shy talk says above some 500 litre bins, but as the residents are elderly, they may not be able to lift the lid! May be they delivered the wrong bins, 2 standard bins instead of 2 large bins.
Synergy Spokesman said, "Two bins have been allocated for the bin store and regular collections are made from them by Dorset Waste Partnership. “This is the standard number of bins for a development of this size and should be sufficient for our customers’ needs.” By the look of the picture the bins are the standard household green bins, 2 standard household green bins, for 20 flats, your having a laugh, 1 green bin normally covers a family of 4, if you are lucky to have 5 people in your household you can have 2 green bins, these people need atleast 6-7 of these bins depending on how many residents there are. Or as shy talk says above some 500 litre bins, but as the residents are elderly, they may not be able to lift the lid! May be they delivered the wrong bins, 2 standard bins instead of 2 large bins. Workingfulltime&Skint
  • Score: 3

1:59pm Mon 2 Jun 14

breamoreboy says...

When I had a problem at our block of flats (in Christchurch) I contacted the Dorset Waste Partnership directly and the problem was sorted. As for "why I should take my recycling to Morrisons when I should have the bins where I live." there should be four different types of bins, one for each of glass, food, other waste to be recycled and stuff that can't be recycled.
When I had a problem at our block of flats (in Christchurch) I contacted the Dorset Waste Partnership directly and the problem was sorted. As for "why I should take my recycling to Morrisons when I should have the bins where I live." there should be four different types of bins, one for each of glass, food, other waste to be recycled and stuff that can't be recycled. breamoreboy
  • Score: 5

5:27pm Mon 2 Jun 14

westbaywonder says...

Fear not citizens, the Mayor is on the way to clear up the mess and correct the situation you find yourselves in!
Fear not citizens, the Mayor is on the way to clear up the mess and correct the situation you find yourselves in! westbaywonder
  • Score: 1

7:22pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dorset Guy1 says...

Workingfulltime&
Skint
wrote:
Synergy Spokesman said, "Two bins have been allocated for the bin store and regular collections are made from them by Dorset Waste Partnership.
“This is the standard number of bins for a development of this size and should be sufficient for our customers’ needs.”

By the look of the picture the bins are the standard household green bins, 2 standard household green bins, for 20 flats, your having a laugh, 1 green bin normally covers a family of 4, if you are lucky to have 5 people in your household you can have 2 green bins, these people need atleast 6-7 of these bins depending on how many residents there are. Or as shy talk says above some 500 litre bins, but as the residents are elderly, they may not be able to lift the lid! May be they delivered the wrong bins, 2 standard bins instead of 2 large bins.
If you look carefully you will see the handles on the side of the green bin indicating that it is a 660l or maybe 1100l
Depending on amount of recycling should be sufficient with a weekly collection I suspect the site has simply been missed a phone call or email to DWP should put the matter right
[quote][p][bold]Workingfulltime& Skint[/bold] wrote: Synergy Spokesman said, "Two bins have been allocated for the bin store and regular collections are made from them by Dorset Waste Partnership. “This is the standard number of bins for a development of this size and should be sufficient for our customers’ needs.” By the look of the picture the bins are the standard household green bins, 2 standard household green bins, for 20 flats, your having a laugh, 1 green bin normally covers a family of 4, if you are lucky to have 5 people in your household you can have 2 green bins, these people need atleast 6-7 of these bins depending on how many residents there are. Or as shy talk says above some 500 litre bins, but as the residents are elderly, they may not be able to lift the lid! May be they delivered the wrong bins, 2 standard bins instead of 2 large bins.[/p][/quote]If you look carefully you will see the handles on the side of the green bin indicating that it is a 660l or maybe 1100l Depending on amount of recycling should be sufficient with a weekly collection I suspect the site has simply been missed a phone call or email to DWP should put the matter right Dorset Guy1
  • Score: 2

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