End of road for streets of litter

Jenny Jackson (left) and Pat Driver with a refuse box paid for by the Bold Street Residents' Association in Fleetwood
Jenny Jackson (left) and Pat Driver with a refuse box paid for by the Bold Street Residents' Association in Fleetwood

RUBBISH-strewn back streets in Fleetwood could become less of a problem this summer.

Wyre Council has pledged to roll-out a new wheelie-bin system – leaving the use of black bags in only a few isolated areas.

The use of bags has resulted in a massive number of complaints about rubbish scattered around the streets – often after bags have been deliberately slashed open – in areas where it was thought it would be impossible to get to wheelie-bins.

But now a special narrow refuse truck will be brought in to tackle alleyways and bulk refuse bins will be used in large blocks of flats with nowhere to store rubbish.

The move comes after a consultation process where 94 per cent of the public agreed they wanted change.

And the near-elimination of black sacks has been welcomed.

Fleetwood Town Council member Bernice Harrison said: “The rubbish problem is horrendous.

“The town centre needs cleaning up big style, ready for the new trams coming.

“It’s definitely something I would welcome.”

In the Bold Street area, some residents have bought their own large containers to try to contain the problem.

Pat Driver, chairman of the Bold Street Residents’ Association, said: “We’ve been asking for these types of bins for several years.

“They have this sort of thing in other European countries and they work perfectly well. I don’t see why it can’t work here.

“Rubbish has been a massive problem for us for a long while.”

Other residents echoed those views.

One man, who did not wish to be named, said the alley between Styan Street and Poulton Street was often plagued with rubbish, including nappies and sanitary items, because black bags were rifled through by bin rooters in the mornings.

No firm date has been fixed for the new system but Wyre Council bosses want it running smoothly before a new rubbish collection contractor is recruited in April 2012.

A council spokesman said: “A trial run using a smaller bin waggon down the alleyways has been successful.

“It may mean residents putting their bins down one side of the alley only, or wheeling them to a collection point a short distance away if their stretch of alleyway is narrow, but anyone who qualifies for an assisted collection will get help.”