Village protest at rubbish misery

EASTON-in-Gordano parish councillors are appealing for residents to pick up litter near their homes to tidy up the village. Rubbish has been piling up in Station Road, Monmouth Road and the precinct and a number of councillors admitted they often fill up

EASTON-in-Gordano parish councillors are appealing for residents to pick up litter near their homes to tidy up the village.Rubbish has been piling up in Station Road, Monmouth Road and the precinct and a number of councillors admitted they often fill up bin bags full of waste to try to clean up the area. Speaking at a council meeting, Councillor Keith Burchell said: "It's frightening. There's rubbish everywhere in the precinct and it's just metres away from bins." Parish council chairman, Gerry Hunt, said: "North Somerset Council is supposed to be cleaning up the area, but it is not carrying it out properly. The bins aren't being cleaned out regularly or to schedule."Jane Hunt is hired as a cleaner by Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council, which also covers Pill, to tidy up the area and was given extra hours at the start of this year to try to alleviate the problem, but the rubbish is still mounting up.Cllr Hunt added: "We're not happy with the frequency our bins are being emptied and the contractors often leave rubbish in the streets."We are hoping we can encourage more people in the parish to look after the roads outside their properties and do their own rubbish collections to keep the village tidy."People have also been fly-tipping in the area, meaning rubbish is not being collected by contractors.Rob Taylor, who lives in a block of flats in Marine Parade with his wife and two daughters, often sees rubbish pouring out of the bins outside his home where contractors have not collected it for weeks.He said: "There is rubbish all over the floor less than 15ft from my front door where the bins haven't been emptied for two-and-a-half weeks."People have been dumping building material in it, so the contractors refuse to take it."My children can't go out and play because of the rubbish and we get rats and cats attacking the bins."A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "Pill is inspected regularly, but we are going to send someone up to check on the situation and carry out a special inspection."In autumn, there is extra pressure on contractors due to large amounts of leaves and workers are sometimes deployed to problem areas."North Somerset Housing, which owns the properties in Marine Parade, also confirmed it would be looking into the problem.


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