Residents’ fury over ‘missed’ bin collections in Byron Street, Ilkeston

Byron Road residents unhappy with their bin collection problems
Byron Road residents unhappy with their bin collection problems

Angry neighbours say they are fed up of council bin lorries refusing to drive along their street to collect their rubbish.

Leon Dean, who lives on Byron Street in Ilkeston with his partner Sarah and one-year-old son Oscar, said the bin lorries have failed to come down the street on a number of occasions.

He has called Erewash Borough Council several times to complain.

He said: “They came to the top of Byron Street but refuse to collect from the new build houses on the left hand side. “We now have foxes and I can’t cut the lawn because I have nowhere to depose of the waste.

“We can’t recycle because when they do make an appearance they have to take the whole lot. They have been up with a smaller bin lorry before but refuse to use it. I have been in touch with the council and they say they can’t ring the office because it is not a missed bin.

“I pay my council tax and feel as though I’m paying for something that’s not being done. I’m sure if I refused to pay every time they missed they would soon be on my case. The whole street is in the same situation and it’s not fair on families with children having to play around the mess.”

Mr Dean said: “The council say they can’t get up the street because of parking but there have been some that come up the street but not all the way to us.

“The parking is bad but there doesn’t seem to be a solution to sort it out. They won’t allow us to take the bins to the end of the street.”

He said it happens every week and a neighbour has now written to the council.

A spokesman for Erewash Borough Council said ‘this is a continuing problem of residents parking preventing access’.

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