At the next full Council meeting later this month the Labour Group will be highlighting the problem of commercial waste in a motion.
Cllr Danielle Stone, Labour Group Leader, said:
“One of the issues for shopping and retail areas in the town is commercial waste. Traders are responsible for taking out contracts with private waste collection services. These great big commercial bins have lids that should be kept locked.
However they are an eyesore and are visible all over the town. The lids are often not locked and bins are often overflowing with rubbish. The bins attract other refuse and so we often see fly-tipping and black sacks around the commercial bins. This in turn attracts vermin, rats, foxes, cockroaches.
We will be arguing that the Borough Council takes some practical measures. Instruct planning officers not to allow new applications where waste bins cannot be kept off the street. Work with existing traders to ensure their bins are labelled and locked. Survey where the bins are left out on the streets and come up with local solutions agreed with traders to provide bin storage areas.”