Monday, 31 August 2015

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Residents told to drag bins one-and-a-half miles for collection

Residents in a part of west Cumbria will have to drag their rubbish one-and-a-half miles up the road to the nearest collection point following changes to a council collection scheme.

A number of householders in Bootle have been told their bins will no longer be collected from their homes by Copeland council as part of spending cuts, despite assisted collections being made nearby.

Under a £120,000 waste collection savings, the waste from off-route properties will be collected from the nearest roadside.

For the residents of Annaside, Kiskin and Hyton, this means taking their wheelie bins a mile-and-a-half up the road to the junction of Church Lane.

But residents fear the large volume of bins, heavy traffic flow and narrow roads may lead to accidents.

Steven Fell, of Midtown Farm, Annaside, said: “All it needs is for the wind to blow the bins over and someone to be speeding round the corner.”

David Cross, of High Kiskin Cottage, said: “They expect us to deliver 14 wheelie bins to the roadside between 7am and 8am.

“They’ve got to go down the road for the assisted collections, so why not collect the rest?”

The new system starts on February 15.

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