FAMILIES were left living in a “smelly tip” after their rubbish went uncollected for two months. New flats in MacKinnon Crescent, Kirkliston, were skipped by bin men because the development, which opened in June, was not listed on collection routes. Fed-up residents were forced to dispose of rubbish at work after planned weekly collections never started.
Council chiefs today apologised for the blunder and said the bins had now been picked up.
Mum-of-two Lorna Scott, 35, moved into her ground-floor flat last month, but said her children were not allowed to play outside amid fears for their health.
“It’s been an absolute nightmare; we’re despairing,” she said. “They’re overflowing, they’re stacked high and there’s bin bags lying on the ground and rubbish blowing into the shared gardens.
“It’s disgusting, it smells and I’m worried for my family’s health.
“I’m in a ground-floor flat, just at the side of the bins and it’s really a health issue.”
Food waste, paper and glass bins were also left uncollected on the site for the nine flats, but general waste was left overflowing despite repeated calls to the council.
Ms Scott said: “No-one’s been adding to it for weeks. People are taking their bags to work. I’ve been going up to the tip in Broxburn to get rid of it. I’m getting friends and family that are taking rubbish away for me. The situation is ridiculous”
Neighbour Andrea Varriale, 45, said she had been taking sacks to the fish and chip shop she runs with her husband in South Queensferry.
She said: “The council won’t take bins if the bin lid won’t close and give out penalties, but leave ours overflowing. It seems to be one rule for them and another for us.”
A council spokeswoman said: “We apologise for the inconvenience caused as routes are adjusted to service the new development.
“The communal bin has now been uplifted. Following this, collections will continue on a weekly basis.”