Councillors discuss wheelie bin roll out in Darlington

COUNCILLORS are set to make a number of recommendations aimed at ensuring a smooth roll out of wheelie bins across Darlington next year.

Members of Darlington Borough Council’s scrutiny committee have been examining the practicalities of introducing almost 50,000 wheelie bins to homes across the town from May next year, ahead of collections starting in June.

The plans to bring wheelie bins to Darlington, one of the last local authority areas in the UK to still use black bags, has caused controversy, with a number of people against the proposals on the grounds of cost, safety and storage concerns.

The council has committed to meeting with residents on a one-to-one basis if they have concerns about moving and storing a wheelie bin, with more than 400 visits carried out so far.

The scrutiny committee met today (Thursday, December 20) to discuss the wheelie bin roll out and to draft a series of recommendations that they hope will help both residents and council staff.

These include advising residents that they must store the bin inside the curtilage of their property at all times, unless it is out for collection; continuing consultation with residents and one-to-one visits and to encourage residents mark their bin with their house number in a space provided on the lid.

Investigations into individual streets and properties show that there will be a small number of properties in the borough that will keep black bags because wheelie bins would not be practical, although the majority will receive a wheelie bin.

Ian Thompson, assistant director for community services at the council, attended the meeting and said: “There might be plenty of people that don’t want a wheelie bin but the council’s default position is that everyone is getting a wheelie bin.

“There are a few properties in the borough that have no rear access and open straight on to the highway. There are very few reasons why someone would not get a wheelie bin.

“When officers go out to see residents and take a bin with them most people realise that they can deal with it and are more comfortable about getting one.”

Consultation about wheelie bins will continue in the New Year with further home visits, as well as sessions in local supermarkets where people can see the wheelie bins for the first time.

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4:36pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Lifetime Townie says...

The only people that deffinitely wanted wheelie bins was Councillor Wallis and the cabinet.. The public were never asked if they wanted them and bearing in mind recent hardships, cutbacks and redundancies perhaps they would have said NO as being unaffordable under common sense rules.
And before that the wheelie bins were never included in the public consultations for the council tax budget for tis year, so some person in the cabinet has been up to mislead the public. Vote 'em in and this is what we get!
The only people that deffinitely wanted wheelie bins was Councillor Wallis and the cabinet.. The public were never asked if they wanted them and bearing in mind recent hardships, cutbacks and redundancies perhaps they would have said NO as being unaffordable under common sense rules. And before that the wheelie bins were never included in the public consultations for the council tax budget for tis year, so some person in the cabinet has been up to mislead the public. Vote 'em in and this is what we get! Lifetime Townie

6:51pm Thu 20 Dec 12

stevegg says...

The decision has already been made, as with all council projects, long before the sham of a public consultation to make their decision appear legitimate.
The decision has already been made, as with all council projects, long before the sham of a public consultation to make their decision appear legitimate. stevegg

8:11am Fri 21 Dec 12

Madadrian says...

This is a sham. I have contacted local counbcillors and Wallis and the only reply I got was that the matter was settled. They have made no attempt to find out if these bins are suitable for this area. Neither I or my next door neighbour could safely drag one of these up the 15 inch step we have to the back lane. Certainly not in winter. And as for the demand we store council property on our land I have yet to receive any information as to what law allows them to enforce such a rule.

These councillors are arrogant bullies who care only about the tens of thousands of pounds they get in allowances for doing very little for the residents they are supposed to represent
This is a sham. I have contacted local counbcillors and Wallis and the only reply I got was that the matter was settled. They have made no attempt to find out if these bins are suitable for this area. Neither I or my next door neighbour could safely drag one of these up the 15 inch step we have to the back lane. Certainly not in winter. And as for the demand we store council property on our land I have yet to receive any information as to what law allows them to enforce such a rule. These councillors are arrogant bullies who care only about the tens of thousands of pounds they get in allowances for doing very little for the residents they are supposed to represent Madadrian

9:24am Fri 21 Dec 12

loopeyloo75 says...

I had to stop recycling with my little green box, as we are at work all day the box was not brought in till around 5pm. thats if we could find it. the scratters in my area thought it was funny to nick them and on the few occasions i was home when they where been emptied the men just dumped them down anywhere. they where clearly labelled with our house no. on them. i am not going searching for a bloomin bin which kids like to set fire to, every bin day.
This council should of looked at wheelie bins in a couple of years time when the towns finances where improving, not now.
I had to stop recycling with my little green box, as we are at work all day the box was not brought in till around 5pm. thats if we could find it. the scratters in my area thought it was funny to nick them and on the few occasions i was home when they where been emptied the men just dumped them down anywhere. they where clearly labelled with our house no. on them. i am not going searching for a bloomin bin which kids like to set fire to, every bin day. This council should of looked at wheelie bins in a couple of years time when the towns finances where improving, not now. loopeyloo75

6:32pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Townlad says...

I don`t know what the fuss is about with wheelie bins, at least with having them it stops rats / cats / dogs and foxes being able to get into the bags and leave a trail of mess up the streets, surely for this reason only they can be a good thing to have, as for people not being able to pull them up a 15" step this is ridiculous as they don`t weigh a great deal, (not forgetting they are on wheels so its not exactly a strongman competition to move them).
I don`t know what the fuss is about with wheelie bins, at least with having them it stops rats / cats / dogs and foxes being able to get into the bags and leave a trail of mess up the streets, surely for this reason only they can be a good thing to have, as for people not being able to pull them up a 15" step this is ridiculous as they don`t weigh a great deal, (not forgetting they are on wheels so its not exactly a strongman competition to move them). Townlad

2:04pm Mon 24 Dec 12

heartbeatfan says...

Its about time that Darlington had Wheelie bins however I spend alot of time in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council area and have had wheelie bins there for years. Be warned over the years we have had the green bin (normal household waste) Then we were given a blue bin for recycled items (a smaller capacity one to start and now they came round and gave out a bigger capacity hence some residents chasing the council wagon round to get the smaller one back) and now in the past year and half weve been given a brown bin for oils/car oil and other items. It sits in the shed due to no use at all
So be warned !
Its about time that Darlington had Wheelie bins however I spend alot of time in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council area and have had wheelie bins there for years. Be warned over the years we have had the green bin (normal household waste) Then we were given a blue bin for recycled items (a smaller capacity one to start and now they came round and gave out a bigger capacity hence some residents chasing the council wagon round to get the smaller one back) and now in the past year and half weve been given a brown bin for oils/car oil and other items. It sits in the shed due to no use at all So be warned ! heartbeatfan

3:16pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Lifetime Townie says...

It's a pity that the council didn't discus this wheelie bin fiasco with the residents before they took the irresponsible decision to carry on with the project. Don't forget that it's been on the cards for a year or so without he knowlege of the residents.
It's a pity that the council didn't discus this wheelie bin fiasco with the residents before they took the irresponsible decision to carry on with the project. Don't forget that it's been on the cards for a year or so without he knowlege of the residents. Lifetime Townie

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