Government wants household bins 'out of sight'

 

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says the government is taking steps to tackle "bin blight"

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New housing developments in England should include sufficient space to store household bins out of view of the street, the government has said.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said the proliferation of wheelie bins had created a "blot on the landscape".

New planning guidance about bin storage is being published next week.

But the Local Government Association, which represents town halls, said council planners already ensured there was adequate space for bin storage.

And shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn criticised Mr Pickles for giving "obvious advice" to developers.

Shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn says Eric Pickles should focus on "his big responsibly, which is that we build more houses"

The Department for Communities and Local Government said the move would "help avoid bins dominating residential streets" on new developments.

'Mountain of waste'

But there are no plans to tackle what critics call "bin blight" on existing residential streets, a spokeswoman added.

Mr Pickles criticised bin policies under the last government, saying they had "made families' lives hell".

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It's good to see ministers taking the street conditions seriously”

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"In streets up and down the country, ugly bin clutter has ruined the street scene and the look of people's homes and gardens," he said.

"By ensuring that developers create appropriate waste storage areas when designing new homes, we can tackle the ghastly gauntlet of bin-blighted streets and driveways."

Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Living Streets, a charity which campaigns on behalf of pedestrians, described the move as "a positive".

"Street obstacles and street clutter are a real issue for those with mobility problems, people who are blind and have visual impairments and people pushing a buggy," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"It's good to see ministers taking the street conditions seriously."

But councillor Mike Jones, chairman of the LGA's environment and housing board, said local councils already worked with developers to ensure planning applications for new housing included storage space for bins.

"Nine out 10 people say they are happy with the job their council does to keep their streets clean and tidy and we are constantly looking for ways to improve how we deal with the mountain of waste this country creates every year," he added.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 550.

    So it is not the top topic on earth,but it is something which affects every household here every day,all year,every year.So it's worth an airing (just like some of the bins that are now only collected every fortnight !). Eric Pickles is right to set the new guidelines but, like his previous guidelines to get food waste bins emptied every week (which was ignored) he really needs to get some teeth !

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    Comment number 549.

    There are far more inportant issues at the monent Mr pickles
    Why isnt the youth employment programme working and why is your mate Mrs greening giving nigeria a billion quid for a space programme ?
    STOP diverting REAL serious issues

  • rate this
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    Comment number 548.

    537.Brownbear
    why don't the councils introduce large bins at the end of roads for all to use and these can be emptied daily, like abroad! No more unsightly bins on the pavements!
    =
    And hope the bin-men don't go on strike (unlike abroad) turning the end of the road into a conveniently accessible local rubbish tip :-P

  • rate this
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    Comment number 547.

    I agree. Wheelie bins bug me. Useful, but a phenomenal amount of plastic! What will become of them when they become rubbish themselves? Here every house has 3. They are massive. My landfill goes out bi-annually but could easily go once a year. My neighbour manages to overfill hers every fortnight, search me how. Are they trash eating aliens that lure people to buy stuff just to throw away?

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    Comment number 546.

    But Mr Pickles, we have to spend more, consume more,or the economy will stall, But more consumption means more waste...so where does it go?
    Has Eric had a Damascene conversion and wants us to mend and make do, reduce and re-use so we don't have to recycle? Well there's merit in that but he has to understand you can't have your cake and eat it. Tory toxic economy demands throw away culture.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 545.

    I just want the bin I put out to be actually PUT BACK where I left it rather than play hunt-the- bin every other week.
    Was better in the 70s.Bin men came to your home opened gate took bin, and brought it back empty.They even said good morning missus and were cheery!
    I am not embarrassed by the colour of a refuse bin!
    Another silly idea from MP who should concentrate on REAL problems!

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    Comment number 544.

    Since most councils in England and Wales have switched from a weekly dustbin collection to a fortnightly one,most dustbins are full to overflowing and if you ignore the stench, or the maggots now coming out of them, you may take solace in the fact that rats have increased by 33% in five years and most councils and pest control companies are working flat out.......enjoy.

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    Comment number 543.

    well we have to leave bins on the path, as the binmen can't walk15ft to get them otherwise!

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    Comment number 542.

    Minimum Room Sizes?, Levies and incentives on Energy Efficiency and Insulation?, easier access to Parks and Communal Grassed Areas? No, it's those pesky wheelie bins that'll get the Public behind me!....

  • rate this
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    Comment number 541.

    Eric Pickles would like to tackle 'bin blight'? I am presumably not the first to say that I'd like to rugby tackle Eric Pickles.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 540.

    My thoughts on this are very tongue in cheek. "Cyclists complain they cannot ride on the pavements because of the recycle bins"

  • rate this
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    Comment number 539.

    I think they should encourage people to have their bins customized e.g. with paintings etc. That would encourage new businesses take a few people off the dole and make peoples houses more interesting.

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    Comment number 538.

    I work in planning at an Local Authority, and I can tell you its virtually impossible to get developers to provide bin stores, or access for bin lorries. You ask for tracking data for the roads, or for a plan showing the bin stores + how far people have to walk to use them, and you get weeks of delays and nothing comes in. Tories, get your developer donors to play ball please, they pay you enough

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    Comment number 537.

    I'd like to suggest that if its not practical to have bins per house, why don't the councils introduce large bins at the end of roads for all to use and these can be emptied daily, like abroad! No more unsightly bins on the pavements!

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    Comment number 536.

    Maybe if the binmen walked up people's drives to collect them they wouldn't have to put them out on the road? I guess Tories don't need to concern themselves with things like this - they just get the butler (paid for with expenses) to put it out for them!

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    Comment number 535.

    Three million unemployed and I have to sort through my rubbish so that the Council can come round make a half hearted effort to collect it then put the whole lot into the same landfill site.

    Neat and tidy bins won't change that farce.

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    Comment number 534.

    I believe that most developers already take this into account as it becomes a positive selling point, and local councils have to approve the plans and it is one of the issues they look at.

    With small shops closing at a record rate in towns all over the country, fracturing local communities, I would have thought the Communities Secretary could find something more useful to put his efforts to.

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    Comment number 533.

    Extraordinary: the government's principal advocate of localism is telling councils where wheelies should go and spending public money to restore weekly rubbish collections. How can you have meaningful local government if Ministers get involved in such trivial matters?

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    Comment number 532.

    Oddly enough I agree with the Salad Muncher they are unsightly, however this is something that should be tackled on a local level, for this to become a high profile Central Govt issue makes you wonder if this was all they could come up with ?

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    Comment number 531.

    I still think it's Pickles we need to be out of sight rather than the bins.

 

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