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END TO THE MISERY: Back lane bin trials to start this month

END TO THE MISERY: Back lane bin trials to start this month

Bins and mess in the back lane of Croydon road, Newcastle, Image: NCJ Media

Experiments trying to put an end to back lane bins “misery” in Newcastle’s West End will start later this month.

Council chiefs are set to launch a string of trials designed to solve long-running problems with fly-tipping and bin raiding that have left locals complaining about huge piles of rubbish and rat infestations.

Parts of Arthur’s Hill and Wingrove will be part of a 12-month pilot scheme testing out options to deal with the disgusting menace – including installing bollards in some back lanes, bringing back individual wheelie bins to replace controversial communal bins, and more CCTV cameras.

Newcastle City Council has confirmed that the project will start on Monday, October 25, with residents who will be affected by the changes being informed this week.

Dozens of streets had the large communal bins installed five years ago as the council tried to cut back lane clutter, but they have become a prime target for fly-tippers to abandon their waste – leaving other rubbish to pile up in the street.

City council leader Nick Forbes, a councillor for Arthur’s Hill, said it was “clear we can’t go on like this” and that the authority has now “got to try something different” to solve the problem.

He added: “The majority of residents look after the area but a small minority cause misery for the rest of us and that means a daily battle with rubbish – it is clear we can’t go on like this.

“While some back lanes are really quite nice and local people are doing amazing work to keep them that way, there are other ‘hotspots’ that are just magnets for rubbish.”

Measures will be trialled in the following back lanes:

  • West of Wingrove Gardens – Bollards at the junction with Hadrians Road, plus individual bins;
  • East of Wingrove Gardens (north of Severus Road) – Uncontrolled access and shared bins;
  • East of Wingrove Road – Bollards at the junction with Severus Road, plus individual bins;
  • East of Wingrove Avenue (between Severus Road and Nuns Moor Road) – Uncontrolled access and individual bins;
  • West of Sidney Grove – Uncontrolled access and individual bins;
  • East of Brighton Grove – Bollards at junction with Studley Terrace and individual bins;
  • West of Croydon Road – Uncontrolled access and shared bins;
  • East of Croydon Road – Bollards at junction with Studley Terrace and shared bins.

The Sidney Grove, Brighton Grove, and Croydon Road changes will apply only on the section of the street between Fenham Road and Studley Terrace.

The various changes will be assessed over the coming months to decide whether they will be rolled out to the entire area.

Coun Forbes issued a plea for residents to “work with us” and “take responsibility for and show pride in where they live”.

The Labour leader added: “We hear the complaints that some people just throw their rubbish out over their back gate and expect someone else to deal with it – I’ve seen that myself and that’s the kind of behaviour that pulls the area down and, quite rightly, makes people really angry.

“Please, if you have shared bins, put your rubbish in, and if you find your nearest bin is full, take your rubbish the few metres to the next bin up or the one after that where there is space in them. Don’t just put it next to or on top of the one that’s already full.

“And where new bins are piloted, we’ll need residents to look after them, take them in after bin days, and make sure they don’t become a problem too.

“Only by working together will we solve this issue and hopefully this pilot can help us take steps towards that, for the benefit of all.”

 

Words: Daniel Holland, Local Democracy Reporter


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