Bin pick-ups are ‘as noisy as Heathrow’

Janice Donaldson and Robert Hussy clear the bins on Broughton Street Lane. Picture: Neil Hanna
Janice Donaldson and Robert Hussy clear the bins on Broughton Street Lane. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Residents of a city centre street who are fed up with unsightly trade waste bins have vowed to “take matters into their own hands”.

Householders in Forth Street and Union Street claim nearby Broughton Street Lane has become a dumping ground for nearby businesses.

They say their quality of life is being affected by the noise during antisocial pick-up times by refuse contractors – and compared the problem to living next to Heathrow airport.

One said the situation was making a mockery of the area’s World Heritage Site status.

Forth Street resident Janice Donaldson was so frustrated that she donned rubber gloves and cleaned up the overflowing bins herself.

She said: “We’re about to start moving the bins ourselves. Our houses back on to it. We were promised that the bins would be taken out of the lane.

“When it’s at the back of the lane they don’t care. They don’t care what time the vans come. It shouldn’t be after 11pm or before 7am.”

The campaign was first launched two years ago after rats, pigeons and foxes were attracted to the street. Around 16 locals clubbed together to call for action, but the issue is still rumbling on.

City centre councillors Karen Doran and Joanna Mowat have been holding regular meetings with the residents, but Ms Donaldson said the issue was still not resolved.

She said: “We’re getting to the stage where we are having to take things into our own hands. It’s affecting the quality of our life because you can’t sleep.

“I’m sure it’s an issue all over the city. But because it’s such a small place, the noise is just magnified.”

Union Street resident Johnny Bacigalupo said he and his partner, Robert Hussy, were at the end of their tether.

He said: “It’s pandemonium, like living near the runway at Heathrow. We are in a protected site, classed as World Heritage Site area. This has been going on for such a long time.

“I’m going to have to sell my house and move because I can’t handle this.”

Cllr Doran said: “A lot of work has been done. The problem is being sorted out, it’s just taking longer than we hoped.”

A council spokeswoman said: “We have been listening to concerns about trade waste on Broughton Street Lane and have held a number of meetings with businesses and residents to resolve the situation.

“A variety of measures have been agreed to address issues, including plans to relocate some of the trade waste bins to Union Street, requests to contractors to service bins at an acceptable time of the day and regular patrols by environmental wardens.”