Portslade resident's rubbish left uncollected

Alan Parsons next to the slope leading up to his home in Portslade

Alan Parsons with his bin

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A family's rubbish has been left uncollected for months – because refuse workers do not want to hurt their backs picking their bin up.

Alan Parsons has lived in a middle terraced house in Harebell Drive, Portslade, for the past 15 years.

However for the past 12 months he said Brighton and Hove City Council regularly does not empty the family’s bin as it involves moving the container up or down some steps.

After being forced to pack their weekly waste into his van to take it to the tip again, Mr Parsons said he is thinking about taking more direct action.

Mr Parsons, 46, said: “I just don’t know what to do. It’s got too much.

‘Not getting service’

“Next time they come I’m thinking about blocking the road so they can’t get out until they have emptied the bin.

“I’ve thought about taking it down to the town hall. I don’t mind getting arrested.

“I pay my council tax and we just don’t get the service we pay for.”

The local authority has told him he could leave his bin at the bottom of the slope.

But Mr Parsons said the only suitable place was outside his neighbour’s house which was open to the winds and got blown over, strewing waste across the area.

He added: “The other option is the car park but I don’t fancy losing my parking space for it.”

Communal bin

Ward councillor Bob Carden said: “It’s an awkward area. I think there should be a communal bin.”

A council spokesman said: “We have made it clear to the householder he can leave his wheelie bin at the bottom of his steps permanently, and put his household refuse bags in there when he needs to.

“The householder in question has a large wheelie bin and sometimes it’s very heavy. We don’t want him to have to lift it down any steps and we do not want our refuse crews to either.

“We have also offered to give him extra advice on recycling as we believe this could help.”

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6:23pm Thu 29 Nov 12

derekhunt says...

He's just being lazy. He could easily move it to the bottom of the slope once a week (don't believe all that dross about it blowing over) but he can't be bothered.

Lots of people have to put their bins out but they don't run to the press or threaten to break the law.

Much better that the binmen (who have to move hundreds of bins a day already) risk hurting themselves because of one lazy so-and-so
He's just being lazy. He could easily move it to the bottom of the slope once a week (don't believe all that dross about it blowing over) but he can't be bothered. Lots of people have to put their bins out but they don't run to the press or threaten to break the law. Much better that the binmen (who have to move hundreds of bins a day already) risk hurting themselves because of one lazy so-and-so derekhunt
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6:30pm Thu 29 Nov 12

leobrighton says...

yep stop moaning put your bin out
yep stop moaning put your bin out leobrighton
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6:43pm Thu 29 Nov 12

davyboy says...

i thought people had to put their bins at the edge of their property, which in this case is the bottom of the path!
i thought people had to put their bins at the edge of their property, which in this case is the bottom of the path! davyboy
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6:46pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Rhodes Seagull says...

Remember when real dustbin men collected the metal bin from your back garden and carried it to the lorry then brought it back again? Gave them a nice xmas bonus and they said thank you with a smile. If people stopped moaning about what they can and can't do or Oh!! that's to heavy for me to lift, Britain may get back to being a productive nation rather than a lot of twiners.
Remember when real dustbin men collected the metal bin from your back garden and carried it to the lorry then brought it back again? Gave them a nice xmas bonus and they said thank you with a smile. If people stopped moaning about what they can and can't do or Oh!! that's to heavy for me to lift, Britain may get back to being a productive nation rather than a lot of twiners. Rhodes Seagull
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7:09pm Thu 29 Nov 12

andyfm says...

Surely.this.lazy:***
*.only.has.to.place.
his.rubbish.in.his.w
heelie.bin.at.the.bo
ttom.of.the.slope.wh
en.he.goes.out????
Surely.this.lazy:*** *.only.has.to.place. his.rubbish.in.his.w heelie.bin.at.the.bo ttom.of.the.slope.wh en.he.goes.out???? andyfm
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7:11pm Thu 29 Nov 12

dhamallamafarmer says...

Rhodes Seagull wrote:
Remember when real dustbin men collected the metal bin from your back garden and carried it to the lorry then brought it back again? Gave them a nice xmas bonus and they said thank you with a smile. If people stopped moaning about what they can and can't do or Oh!! that's to heavy for me to lift, Britain may get back to being a productive nation rather than a lot of twiners.
My God! What are you saying? Do you want the council to get sued or something?
One day someone will read a history book, see the words "British Empire" and either laugh or think it's some kind of mistake.
[quote][p][bold]Rhodes Seagull[/bold] wrote: Remember when real dustbin men collected the metal bin from your back garden and carried it to the lorry then brought it back again? Gave them a nice xmas bonus and they said thank you with a smile. If people stopped moaning about what they can and can't do or Oh!! that's to heavy for me to lift, Britain may get back to being a productive nation rather than a lot of twiners.[/p][/quote]My God! What are you saying? Do you want the council to get sued or something? One day someone will read a history book, see the words "British Empire" and either laugh or think it's some kind of mistake. dhamallamafarmer
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7:14pm Thu 29 Nov 12

AmboGuy says...

Stop being so pig headed and take your bin down you lazy git. What Alan Parsons seems to be forgetting is that he's the one who has to live with the uncollected rubbish and nobody else - certainly not the bin men. A bad case of cutting off your nose to spite your face I think.
Stop being so pig headed and take your bin down you lazy git. What Alan Parsons seems to be forgetting is that he's the one who has to live with the uncollected rubbish and nobody else - certainly not the bin men. A bad case of cutting off your nose to spite your face I think. AmboGuy
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7:16pm Thu 29 Nov 12

uwho99 says...

I know the person involved there are 4 houses up there and he is in the middle the three others have their bin collected and returned 2 from the top one from the bottom and yes i do not want his bin left outside my house and i do moan. If its not the wind its the foxes and then its left to me to clear up my garden
I know the person involved there are 4 houses up there and he is in the middle the three others have their bin collected and returned 2 from the top one from the bottom and yes i do not want his bin left outside my house and i do moan. If its not the wind its the foxes and then its left to me to clear up my garden uwho99
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7:43pm Thu 29 Nov 12

jesss2012 says...

Ahhh don't be mean kind people of brighton...Maybe he's on sickness benefits due to a bad back lol. and also if the bin is too heavy to pick up...how the eck does the wind blow it over..just a thought.
Ahhh don't be mean kind people of brighton...Maybe he's on sickness benefits due to a bad back lol. and also if the bin is too heavy to pick up...how the eck does the wind blow it over..just a thought. jesss2012
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8:00pm Thu 29 Nov 12

uwho99 says...

jesss2012 wrote:
Ahhh don't be mean kind people of brighton...Maybe he's on sickness benefits due to a bad back lol. and also if the bin is too heavy to pick up...how the eck does the wind blow it over..just a thought.
can you push over a tree
[quote][p][bold]jesss2012[/bold] wrote: Ahhh don't be mean kind people of brighton...Maybe he's on sickness benefits due to a bad back lol. and also if the bin is too heavy to pick up...how the eck does the wind blow it over..just a thought.[/p][/quote]can you push over a tree uwho99
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8:14pm Thu 29 Nov 12

nocando says...

No one has to pick the bin up, its on wheels. And the dustcart has its own lift to tip the thing straight in. Having been a dustman 25 years ago when we used to go into peoples back gardens, pick the proper dustbins up by one handle, lift it onto the shoulder, carry it like a swag bag out to the wagon and tip it in with the elbow. I'm not sure who's being the most feeble here, the householder who wants everything done for him or the binman who wants the same. Quite a pathetic story.
No one has to pick the bin up, its on wheels. And the dustcart has its own lift to tip the thing straight in. Having been a dustman 25 years ago when we used to go into peoples back gardens, pick the proper dustbins up by one handle, lift it onto the shoulder, carry it like a swag bag out to the wagon and tip it in with the elbow. I'm not sure who's being the most feeble here, the householder who wants everything done for him or the binman who wants the same. Quite a pathetic story. nocando
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8:16pm Thu 29 Nov 12

jesss2012 says...

uwho99 wrote:
jesss2012 wrote:
Ahhh don't be mean kind people of brighton...Maybe he's on sickness benefits due to a bad back lol. and also if the bin is too heavy to pick up...how the eck does the wind blow it over..just a thought.
can you push over a tree
nope i can't..can you then? is it relevant?
[quote][p][bold]uwho99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jesss2012[/bold] wrote: Ahhh don't be mean kind people of brighton...Maybe he's on sickness benefits due to a bad back lol. and also if the bin is too heavy to pick up...how the eck does the wind blow it over..just a thought.[/p][/quote]can you push over a tree[/p][/quote]nope i can't..can you then? is it relevant? jesss2012
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8:38pm Thu 29 Nov 12

thevicar21 says...

Why should he have to drag his bin anywhere it not a free service the dustman’s wage doesn’t appear out of thin air we pay to have our rubbish taken what happened when the council made changes to their rounds and they had to work after a eleven am they went on strike they are lazy lazy
Why should he have to drag his bin anywhere it not a free service the dustman’s wage doesn’t appear out of thin air we pay to have our rubbish taken what happened when the council made changes to their rounds and they had to work after a eleven am they went on strike they are lazy lazy thevicar21
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8:54pm Thu 29 Nov 12

AmboGuy says...

thevicar21 wrote:
Why should he have to drag his bin anywhere it not a free service the dustman’s wage doesn’t appear out of thin air we pay to have our rubbish taken what happened when the council made changes to their rounds and they had to work after a eleven am they went on strike they are lazy lazy
Ahh you're one of the 'we pay your wages' brigade aren't you? Well as a public sector worker myself I pay my taxes -as do the bin men- so i guess that makes us all self employed doesn't it. It's his property and he should move it into a convenient place for the bin men. If this guy gets away with it then what? Maybe nobody should bring their bins out to make the bin men's job any easier.
[quote][p][bold]thevicar21[/bold] wrote: Why should he have to drag his bin anywhere it not a free service the dustman’s wage doesn’t appear out of thin air we pay to have our rubbish taken what happened when the council made changes to their rounds and they had to work after a eleven am they went on strike they are lazy lazy[/p][/quote]Ahh you're one of the 'we pay your wages' brigade aren't you? Well as a public sector worker myself I pay my taxes -as do the bin men- so i guess that makes us all self employed doesn't it. It's his property and he should move it into a convenient place for the bin men. If this guy gets away with it then what? Maybe nobody should bring their bins out to make the bin men's job any easier. AmboGuy
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9:12pm Thu 29 Nov 12

martyt says...

nocando wrote:
No one has to pick the bin up, its on wheels. And the dustcart has its own lift to tip the thing straight in. Having been a dustman 25 years ago when we used to go into peoples back gardens, pick the proper dustbins up by one handle, lift it onto the shoulder, carry it like a swag bag out to the wagon and tip it in with the elbow. I'm not sure who's being the most feeble here, the householder who wants everything done for him or the binman who wants the same. Quite a pathetic story.
there is no such thing as a bin man any more ,when the bin men were men they got a Christmas present from the happy home owners ,what we have now is a bunch of lazy dross
[quote][p][bold]nocando[/bold] wrote: No one has to pick the bin up, its on wheels. And the dustcart has its own lift to tip the thing straight in. Having been a dustman 25 years ago when we used to go into peoples back gardens, pick the proper dustbins up by one handle, lift it onto the shoulder, carry it like a swag bag out to the wagon and tip it in with the elbow. I'm not sure who's being the most feeble here, the householder who wants everything done for him or the binman who wants the same. Quite a pathetic story.[/p][/quote]there is no such thing as a bin man any more ,when the bin men were men they got a Christmas present from the happy home owners ,what we have now is a bunch of lazy dross martyt
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9:47pm Thu 29 Nov 12

thevicar21 says...

martyt wrote:
nocando wrote: No one has to pick the bin up, its on wheels. And the dustcart has its own lift to tip the thing straight in. Having been a dustman 25 years ago when we used to go into peoples back gardens, pick the proper dustbins up by one handle, lift it onto the shoulder, carry it like a swag bag out to the wagon and tip it in with the elbow. I'm not sure who's being the most feeble here, the householder who wants everything done for him or the binman who wants the same. Quite a pathetic story.
there is no such thing as a bin man any more ,when the bin men were men they got a Christmas present from the happy home owners ,what we have now is a bunch of lazy dross
What martyt says is so true every one tipped the bin men at Christmas they deserved it .I wonder how many people still tip the new breed of the lazy bin man it won’t be long before the bin cart pulls up and the poor resident has to rush out empty there bin in the cart before it pulls away
[quote][p][bold]martyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nocando[/bold] wrote: No one has to pick the bin up, its on wheels. And the dustcart has its own lift to tip the thing straight in. Having been a dustman 25 years ago when we used to go into peoples back gardens, pick the proper dustbins up by one handle, lift it onto the shoulder, carry it like a swag bag out to the wagon and tip it in with the elbow. I'm not sure who's being the most feeble here, the householder who wants everything done for him or the binman who wants the same. Quite a pathetic story.[/p][/quote]there is no such thing as a bin man any more ,when the bin men were men they got a Christmas present from the happy home owners ,what we have now is a bunch of lazy dross[/p][/quote]What martyt says is so true every one tipped the bin men at Christmas they deserved it .I wonder how many people still tip the new breed of the lazy bin man it won’t be long before the bin cart pulls up and the poor resident has to rush out empty there bin in the cart before it pulls away thevicar21
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9:54pm Thu 29 Nov 12

mictrix says...

you've got to love the empty headed old dustmen lol they are greasy,stinking so and so's hahahaha they love to make as much noise as they can and block the road on purpose with their stinking dustcarts.typical lazy council workers...you've got to love them lol
you've got to love the empty headed old dustmen lol they are greasy,stinking so and so's hahahaha they love to make as much noise as they can and block the road on purpose with their stinking dustcarts.typical lazy council workers...you've got to love them lol mictrix
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9:57pm Thu 29 Nov 12

mictrix says...

thevicar21 wrote:
martyt wrote:
nocando wrote: No one has to pick the bin up, its on wheels. And the dustcart has its own lift to tip the thing straight in. Having been a dustman 25 years ago when we used to go into peoples back gardens, pick the proper dustbins up by one handle, lift it onto the shoulder, carry it like a swag bag out to the wagon and tip it in with the elbow. I'm not sure who's being the most feeble here, the householder who wants everything done for him or the binman who wants the same. Quite a pathetic story.
there is no such thing as a bin man any more ,when the bin men were men they got a Christmas present from the happy home owners ,what we have now is a bunch of lazy dross
What martyt says is so true every one tipped the bin men at Christmas they deserved it .I wonder how many people still tip the new breed of the lazy bin man it won’t be long before the bin cart pulls up and the poor resident has to rush out empty there bin in the cart before it pulls away
lol cor dear don't give the lazy ba****ds any ideas hahahahaha
[quote][p][bold]thevicar21[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]martyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nocando[/bold] wrote: No one has to pick the bin up, its on wheels. And the dustcart has its own lift to tip the thing straight in. Having been a dustman 25 years ago when we used to go into peoples back gardens, pick the proper dustbins up by one handle, lift it onto the shoulder, carry it like a swag bag out to the wagon and tip it in with the elbow. I'm not sure who's being the most feeble here, the householder who wants everything done for him or the binman who wants the same. Quite a pathetic story.[/p][/quote]there is no such thing as a bin man any more ,when the bin men were men they got a Christmas present from the happy home owners ,what we have now is a bunch of lazy dross[/p][/quote]What martyt says is so true every one tipped the bin men at Christmas they deserved it .I wonder how many people still tip the new breed of the lazy bin man it won’t be long before the bin cart pulls up and the poor resident has to rush out empty there bin in the cart before it pulls away[/p][/quote]lol cor dear don't give the lazy ba****ds any ideas hahahahaha mictrix
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10:34pm Thu 29 Nov 12

thevicar21 says...

martyt It will happen one day soon the lazy bin men are getting fatter and fatter and will be stuck in the truck soon
martyt It will happen one day soon the lazy bin men are getting fatter and fatter and will be stuck in the truck soon thevicar21
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12:01am Fri 30 Nov 12

davenachfan says...

I saw the name Alan Parsons and thought of Al Stewart's manager and then realised that this 'Alan Parsons' probably did not live in Portslade.
I saw the name Alan Parsons and thought of Al Stewart's manager and then realised that this 'Alan Parsons' probably did not live in Portslade. davenachfan
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6:02pm Fri 30 Nov 12

thevoiceoftruth says...

It's not the refuse workers fault - it's most likely health and safety legislation. Some of the bin men are excellent and the street cleaner that does our road always goes way beyond the call of duty. You should have some respect for the people that do unpleasant jobs like this. I can't believe the attitude of some people as if they feel they are somehow superior because they don't pick up rubbish for a living. The bin men are essential to your quality of life - fools! However, I feel for the guy in the story as there isn't a suitable alternative place for him to leave his rubbish. I'm sure the council will sort it out, now it's in the paper.
It's not the refuse workers fault - it's most likely health and safety legislation. Some of the bin men are excellent and the street cleaner that does our road always goes way beyond the call of duty. You should have some respect for the people that do unpleasant jobs like this. I can't believe the attitude of some people as if they feel they are somehow superior because they don't pick up rubbish for a living. The bin men are essential to your quality of life - fools! However, I feel for the guy in the story as there isn't a suitable alternative place for him to leave his rubbish. I'm sure the council will sort it out, now it's in the paper. thevoiceoftruth
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10:22pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

thevoiceoftruth wrote:
It's not the refuse workers fault - it's most likely health and safety legislation. Some of the bin men are excellent and the street cleaner that does our road always goes way beyond the call of duty. You should have some respect for the people that do unpleasant jobs like this. I can't believe the attitude of some people as if they feel they are somehow superior because they don't pick up rubbish for a living. The bin men are essential to your quality of life - fools! However, I feel for the guy in the story as there isn't a suitable alternative place for him to leave his rubbish. I'm sure the council will sort it out, now it's in the paper.
If you and your neighbours took time out to keep your street clean then we could lay off the street cleaner and save money. You should stop being so selfish and make an effort!
[quote][p][bold]thevoiceoftruth[/bold] wrote: It's not the refuse workers fault - it's most likely health and safety legislation. Some of the bin men are excellent and the street cleaner that does our road always goes way beyond the call of duty. You should have some respect for the people that do unpleasant jobs like this. I can't believe the attitude of some people as if they feel they are somehow superior because they don't pick up rubbish for a living. The bin men are essential to your quality of life - fools! However, I feel for the guy in the story as there isn't a suitable alternative place for him to leave his rubbish. I'm sure the council will sort it out, now it's in the paper.[/p][/quote]If you and your neighbours took time out to keep your street clean then we could lay off the street cleaner and save money. You should stop being so selfish and make an effort! Somethingsarejustwrong
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12:04pm Sat 1 Dec 12

thevoiceoftruth says...

Somethingsarejustwro
ng
wrote:
thevoiceoftruth wrote:
It's not the refuse workers fault - it's most likely health and safety legislation. Some of the bin men are excellent and the street cleaner that does our road always goes way beyond the call of duty. You should have some respect for the people that do unpleasant jobs like this. I can't believe the attitude of some people as if they feel they are somehow superior because they don't pick up rubbish for a living. The bin men are essential to your quality of life - fools! However, I feel for the guy in the story as there isn't a suitable alternative place for him to leave his rubbish. I'm sure the council will sort it out, now it's in the paper.
If you and your neighbours took time out to keep your street clean then we could lay off the street cleaner and save money. You should stop being so selfish and make an effort!
You are such a boring troll. How's your alter ego Algeria whatshisface?

I do keep my street clean as I don't drop litter - shame others can't do the same. Now feck off back under the bridge and leave the billy goats alone
[quote][p][bold]Somethingsarejustwro ng[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thevoiceoftruth[/bold] wrote: It's not the refuse workers fault - it's most likely health and safety legislation. Some of the bin men are excellent and the street cleaner that does our road always goes way beyond the call of duty. You should have some respect for the people that do unpleasant jobs like this. I can't believe the attitude of some people as if they feel they are somehow superior because they don't pick up rubbish for a living. The bin men are essential to your quality of life - fools! However, I feel for the guy in the story as there isn't a suitable alternative place for him to leave his rubbish. I'm sure the council will sort it out, now it's in the paper.[/p][/quote]If you and your neighbours took time out to keep your street clean then we could lay off the street cleaner and save money. You should stop being so selfish and make an effort![/p][/quote]You are such a boring troll. How's your alter ego Algeria whatshisface? I do keep my street clean as I don't drop litter - shame others can't do the same. Now feck off back under the bridge and leave the billy goats alone thevoiceoftruth
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