'Rubbish is putting my son in danger'

Bags of rubbish piled up against John Driscoll’s garden fence at Kentmere Brow, Kendal

Bags of rubbish piled up against John Driscoll’s garden fence at Kentmere Brow, Kendal

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A KENDAL dad fears for his young child’s safety because piles of rubbish are regularly dumped outside his home by council waste collectors.

John Driscoll says that every fortnight more than 30 bags of recyclable waste – including opened tin cans – are propped in bags against a fence and left for hours at Kentmere Brow, Kendal.

The 39-year-old told the Gazette of his disgust that his house is being used as a dump.

“They go down each street with a small van and then dump the rubbish against my fence,” he said.

“It seems like bad practice. I can’t understand why they would collect the rubbish then dump it just to come and collect it again.

“I have asked them before not to pile it against the fence because my four-year-old can put his hands on it. They normally leave it between one and four hours.

“I work for Cumbria Care and we have to do risk assessments on all our tasks, so I don’t understand how South Lakeland can leave rubbish lying around on the streets.”

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He said the rubbish was sometimes so high that bags came over the fence and into his front garden.

When he called to complain the council sent a waste disposal officer who had to put some of the rubbish in the cab of his truck.

John’s complaints follow the decision by South Lakeland on April 9 to roll out fortnightly kerbside collections of plastics and cardboard to parts of Kendal.

The council wants to achieve a recycling rate of more than 50 per cent and is currently undergoing a ‘trial period’.

A spokesperson for the council said the trial would continue until autumn, and added: “We have contacted Mr Driscoll and reassured him that we will not stack bags by his fence in future.”

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11:40pm Thu 17 Jul 14

snuggle-bunny says...

rubbish is not left piled up for hours at a time nor does plastic recycling involve tin cans ( theres a clue in the word plastic). before spouting off, pointing fingers and making false accusations maybe people should get their facts right. As for it alleged hazard to your 4 year old son- maybe you need to control him better. as for the recycling crews- keep up the good work lads
rubbish is not left piled up for hours at a time nor does plastic recycling involve tin cans ( theres a clue in the word plastic). before spouting off, pointing fingers and making false accusations maybe people should get their facts right. As for it alleged hazard to your 4 year old son- maybe you need to control him better. as for the recycling crews- keep up the good work lads snuggle-bunny
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11:50pm Thu 17 Jul 14

KendalLad says...

Whether there is tin cans or not in these bags nobody should expect piles of bags to be piled up against there fence for any amount of time, whether it be 10 minutes or 4 hours.

I am looking forward to the new recycling scheme being introduced throughout the whole town however practices like this cannot continue as it will become a health hazard. If anyone tripped on those bags the council would be liable in this blame culture we live in. I agree with the comment above that the lads all do exceptionally good work and it seems to me this may be a management issue. No need to be so personal with the comment re a four year old as they can be difficult to control and kids will be kids.
Whether there is tin cans or not in these bags nobody should expect piles of bags to be piled up against there fence for any amount of time, whether it be 10 minutes or 4 hours. I am looking forward to the new recycling scheme being introduced throughout the whole town however practices like this cannot continue as it will become a health hazard. If anyone tripped on those bags the council would be liable in this blame culture we live in. I agree with the comment above that the lads all do exceptionally good work and it seems to me this may be a management issue. No need to be so personal with the comment re a four year old as they can be difficult to control and kids will be kids. KendalLad
  • Score: 8

9:07am Fri 18 Jul 14

magical trevor says...

Why has Mr Driscoll gone to the WG when SLDC have already removed the last lot of rubbish and assured him that it won't happen again.....seems like he's out for a bit of self-serving publicity to be quite honest.....the collectors have a very strenuous job in all weathers collecting our recyclables.....they do a great job.....they shouldn't have to be the target of yet more 'council bashing'.
Why has Mr Driscoll gone to the WG when SLDC have already removed the last lot of rubbish and assured him that it won't happen again.....seems like he's out for a bit of self-serving publicity to be quite honest.....the collectors have a very strenuous job in all weathers collecting our recyclables.....they do a great job.....they shouldn't have to be the target of yet more 'council bashing'. magical trevor
  • Score: 10

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