Anger after rubbish piled up in Hartlepool street – council claims cars blocked bin lorry

Terry Taylor with his mum Rosalyn with the rubbish their Bulmer Place home.
Terry Taylor with his mum Rosalyn with the rubbish their Bulmer Place home.

RUBBISH piled up in a Hartlepool street for five days before being collected after a waste wagon couldn’t get into the street.

Waste for recycling left out in Bulmer Place, West View, that was due to be taken away last Wednesday was not cleared until the following Monday.

Why leave it piled up for so long? I think it’s absolutely diabolical.

Terry Taylor

Resident Rosalyn Taylor, 59, fell over some of the waste that had spilled out outside her home.

Hartlepool Borough Council said the wagons could not access the road due to parked cars.

Mrs Taylor’s son Terry Taylor, 42, who owns the house in Bulmer Place, said: “If there was problems not being able to get wagons in the road why didn’t they come in and take the bins down?

“Why leave it piled up for so long? I think it’s absolutely diabolical.

“When I rang the council a phone message said if you were ringing about recycling they were witnessing problems with wagons.”

A council spokesman said: “The recycling collection crew was unable to access Bulmer Place on Wednesday last week due to parked cars blocking their passage into the road. The crew returned several times to try and gain access but unfortunately this was still not possible.

“We understand how inconvenient it can be when we cannot carry out collections and we have previously written to residents of Bulmer Place asking them to help us by keeping access clear on collection day.

“We can confirm that the recycling crew was finally able to gain access to Bulmer Place on Monday morning.”