Do you wheelie expect us to do that?
Story by TOM JACKSON RIVERSIDE residents will be forced to pull wheelie bins through their homes or face a long walk to the nearest collection point. Many of those living in Nene Parade, March, are elderly or disabled and are angry at council plans to rep
Story by TOM JACKSON
RIVERSIDE residents will be forced to pull wheelie bins through their homes or face a long walk to the nearest collection point.
Many of those living in Nene Parade, March, are elderly or disabled and are angry at council plans to replace their bin bag system with wheelie bins by the end of the month.
Rubbish is currently collected by Fenland District Council via a driveway from Creek Road to the back of their terraced homes, but the council wants to introduce wheelie bins as the final phase of its 'Getting It Sorted' campaign.
Rodney Davey, one of the unhappy residents, said: "The council are expecting us to take the wheelie bins through our houses or walk them round Creek Road."
The council has adapted a small vehicle to collect the bins from the front of the homes, after recognising that the road is narrow.
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But fellow Nene Parade resident Elsie Cawdron said this flies in the face of the reason for making the area a pedestrian-only area in the first place -- after the river bank collapsed in 1984.
Mrs Cawdron said: "The state of our homes and the path will be again at risk. If the council has to keep coming down here it will cause more damage to everything already here.
"On paper it looks a good idea but it is just not practical."
A Fenland Council spokesman said occupiers of homes which were either terraced houses or flats had been consulted about whether they would like to have a wheelie bin collection or to continue to use black sacks.
But a number of residents say they never received these questionnaires and the first they knew of any plans was when they were told they were getting their bins this month in a second letter, received just before Christmas.
Mrs Cawdron said: "If we had a questionnaire there might not have been this problem because they would have seen there was opposition to this."
The council spokesman said: "Only two households have so far told us that they do not want wheelie bins, while others have said they are very keen to have them because they deter rats which would otherwise raid their plastic sacks."
He added that the initiative affected 92 homes, half of them with external access from the rear to the front.