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Street’s trees a ‘health hazard’ for Brighton and Hove bin men
Bin men refused to collect disabled householders’ waste for three weeks – because of overhanging trees.
Residents in Ditchling Place, Brighton were left fuming after their rubbish was left uncollected outside their homes.
When they asked crews why it wasn’t being collected, they were told the overhanging trees were causing a “health hazard” which made it impossible for them to reach their homes.
Despite hiring a smaller vehicle to collect the waste, Brighton and Hove City Council has since ordered owners of the nearby homes to cut back the trees and prevent further problems.
It comes just weeks after Cityclean staff went on strike for a week relating to proposed changes to their overtime and allowance payments.
Jeanette Apps, 54, of Ditchling Place, Brighton, said the missed collections had meant she was left with 15 bags of rubbish.
Mrs Apps, who is registered disabled, said: “When they didn’t collect it for a third time my husband, who has had a triple bypass, had to run after them and ask them why.
“They have been collecting here for 15 years and the trees have never been a problem before.
“It’s only since this dispute over pay that they have got difficult.
“They want us to walk our rubbish down to the bottom of the road.
“But a lot of us are disabled and have medical issues so it’s just not possible.”
Mrs Apps said the bins were emptied on Friday but maggots were found in the bottom of the container.
A council spokeswoman said: “The usual bin lorry has been unable to get down to Ditchling Place due to overgrown trees protruding into the road from the gardens of up to nine properties on Ditchling Road.
“The highways enforcement team has contacted the householders concerned to ensure they’re aware their trees are causing a problem.
“We have issued an enforcement notice that means they now have up to 14 days to get the trees cut back.
“In the meantime, we have sourced a smaller vehicle to pick up residents’ rubbish.
“We acknowledge this has caused a problem in the street and hope the tree owners will nowact swiftly to prevent further inconvenience for their neighbours.”
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