Street kicks up stink over unemptied bins

NILABE110531d2, Residents of Byron street Ilkeston haven't had their bins emptied again. Robert Welsh
NILABE110531d2, Residents of Byron street Ilkeston haven't had their bins emptied again. Robert Welsh

Maggots have been found in bins on an Ilkeston street after council lorries failed to empty them last week.

People living on Byron Street contacted the council when their bins were not emptied last Thursday and, as the Advertiser went to press, their black bins were still full.

NILABE110531b2, Residents of Byron street Ilkeston haven't had their bins emptied again.

NILABE110531b2, Residents of Byron street Ilkeston haven't had their bins emptied again.

Resident, Robert Welsh, said: “This isn’t the first time that this has happened and people are beginning to lose their patience.

“We know there is an ongoing issue with lorries getting up and down the street but that shouldn’t be our problem. The council know it’s a narrow road but we pay council tax to have our rubbish collected and that’s what we expect.

“At Christmas it was 11 weeks they didn’t collect for, I’m dreading it in case that happens again.

“I’ve taken my own rubbish to the tip before but I shouldn’t have to do that, put wet bags of rubbish in my own car. The odd time you can understand but it’s happened too much.

“Now with the temperature rising it will just get worse, my bin is full of maggots and I can’t shut the lid.”

Another resident, David O’Connor, said: “It’s going from bad to worse.

“Most of the time it’s three or four weeks before our bins are emptied and it’s always the same excuses, they can’t get the van up the street.

“We wouldn’t get away with not paying our council tax so why do they get away with not doing the job?

“They look up the street see a few cars and turn around and don’t bother.

“We had someone come last year and say they had a smaller van and it wouldn’t happen again but nothing’s changed.”

Erewash Borough Council were unavailable for comment.