Residents in Exeter are angry after a ‘bin conflict’ erupted between East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Bloor Homes.
Chloe Parkman www.devonlive.com
Members of the ‘Broadclyst Environment Group‘ (BEG) say that they have noticed a littering problem in and around the new Bloor Homes development in Westclyst.
According to one BEG member, residents have had difficulty disposing of their waste as there is only one bin at a new skate and play park.
A spokesperson for BEG said: ”The park is adjacent to the Co-op and so it is a no brainer that people will nip to the shop to get snacks and come to the park.
”With that said, there is only one bin and sure enough the first weekend the park opened there was litter everywhere. It has been stacked full and not emptied because nobody is taking responsibility for the bin.
”It’s a ridiculously bureaucratic situation where the management company associated with Bloor Homes are responsible for that bin but they have not yet signed the contract over to EDDC for the responsibility of emptying the bin.”
The spokesperson for the group said that a few days ago one member of the group, Kitty, was in the area when she noticed that the park was covered in rubbish.
”There was litter everywhere but also the bin was stacked full.
”Kitty decided to pick up all of the litter and left it next to the overflowing bin.”
Angered by the situation BEG took to social media to share the incident with local residents of Westclyst.
”There was uproar. This is a new community moving into these developments and it is not a great starting point when something like this happens.”
Things took a turn for the worse on March 11 after bin was covered up and put out of use.
”Yesterday (March 11) Kitty was in the area and noticed that the bin had been covered up. Nobody is emptying or taking responsibility for the bin.
”What has really wound us up is that Bloor Homes have a sign up which states that they are part of and support the community but they absolutely are not doing that.
”I can understand EDDC’s point of view, they cannot take on every single bin in the community.
”Something needs to be done.”
Following the incident, a spokesperson for Bloor Homes said: ”The play area at Westclyst has only opened to the public very recently.
”Bloor Homes can confirm that it has instructed the management company to ensure that the bin at the play area is emptied moving forward.
”As an immediate solution, we will also ensure that the refuse is collected.”
‘What has really wound us up is that Bloor Homes have a sign up which states that they are part of and support the community but they absolutely are not doing that.’ (Image: Ben Evans)
Additionally, a spokesperson for EDDC said: ”We have received an enquiry about the bin in question, which was not owned by the council.
”Nevertheless we investigated the issue and discovered that it was put in place by a developer without the council’s knowledge.
”This meant there was not a service contract in place to have it emptied, resulting in an overflow causing a litter issue. The council had it covered up until a contract could be arranged.
“Given that these new developments have not been adopted they do not fall within the responsibility of EDDC to supply or service any litter bins.
”Whilst we do offer the service to the developer they are under no obligation to use our services and can, and do, use their own contractors.
The bin has now been covered over and is unusable (Image: Ben Evans)
”This means some are managed by the developer, some the local parish council and some later become EDDC’s responsibility, once the land is adopted.
“We have since been out to this particular litter bin and one nearby and arranged through Broadclyst Parish Council for a service contract to be set up and added to our contractors list, which will be put in place as soon as it can be processed.
“We would like to thank residents for their patience while the issue is resolved and ask until the contract is in place if they could use a litter bin some 30 yards away, that is serviced by EDDC, at the bus stop.
“If you have an issue you are unsure about, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our website here. Your developer should also be aware.”