Anger over “health hazard” caused by Council’s bin removal

KeepHealthCare.ORG – Anger over “health hazard” caused by Council’s bin removal

Angry residents have slammed Mid Devon District Council for removing and destroying bins at a communal collection point because of a rat infestation.

People living at Holwell Farm – an area of nine dwellings in the Collipriest area of Tiverton – received a letter earlier this month saying that for reasons of environmental health, bins were being removed on Friday, May 18.

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In a letter, the Council’s Street Scene team wrote: “For our next waste collection, you will therefore need to put out black sacks which you can buy at your local supermarket. If you are concerned that your bags could be ripped open by animals, we also accept refuse stored in your own privately-purchased dustbin, providing it is bagged using sacks and tied at the top so that collection crews can easily lift it out.”

The bins on Holwell Lane in Collipriest

Speaking on behalf of residents, Brian Johnson said: “Surely the rat problem is going to be increased by removal of the dustbins. Rats will find it a lot harder to get inside a dustbin than they are an open sack on the floor.

“Not just rats, but you’ll have a bigger problem with all sorts of wildlife from foxes, dogs, cats, anything around it will be eating rubbish and it’s going to be an environmental health hazard and it’s unnecessary.

“These bins really need to be taken back to the farm. If there’s another reason for this letter they should have stated that. I pay council tax and part of that is for refuge collection and it’s not being done. It’s unacceptable.

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“Mid Devon seem to have a lot of incompetent people sending these letters without any factual evidence and removing these bins is a health hazard and a waste of tax payer’s money. They need to come here and collect refuse from people’s houses like they do in every other place and like they do further down this road.”

Mid Devon District Council have been approached to comment further.


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