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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Bin mess frustration for tenants

OVERFLOWING bins and issues with collections are causing misery for residents in one part of Dumfries.

And householders at Mill House are calling on their social landlord, Loreburn Housing Association, to sort out the situation.

Resident Jade Bell revealed it has been going on since May and said: “It is a fire hazard. There are 18 households and just four large general bins for us all to use.

“Every week it is overflowing but it’s only taken away every second week and there are no recycling bins, they were taken off us because people were putting needles into them.

“There was a bad smell all the time when it was hot weather too.”

She explained they are forced to leave out bin bags full of rubbish for collection next to the actual bins. However, the waste operatives from the council refuse to take them away.

Jade added: “If there’s extra bags lying they just leave them. They say it’s Loreburn’s responsibility but Loreburn says it’s the council. The community safety team have been but cannot do anything.

“Every week I am calling them to come and tidy up and they do that then within ten minutes it’s absolutely terrible again.”

Responding, a Loreburn Housing Association spokeswoman this week said: “We appreciate the frustrations this causes to our local residents and are working with the council to review the suitability of the type of bins provided to find a long-term solution.

“Until we have a permanent solution that we’re confident will resolve the problems for residents, our local neighbourhood officer is visiting weekly to make sure the space is kept as clear and hygienic as possible. When needed, we’ve arranged for the area to be cleared and cleaned.

“With the council’s assistance, we hope to resolve the situation very soon.”

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