Safety fears over empty bins left on pavement in Marlow

Bucks Free Press: A mother with her young child finds her way blocked off by recently collected bins on Glade Road. A mother with her young child finds her way blocked off by recently collected bins on Glade Road.

BIN collections in Marlow have come under fire this week after two readers contacted the MFP with serious safety concerns over the service.

Glade Road resident Roy Cadman is angry that binmen are leaving emptied wheelie bins in the middle of the narrow pavement outside his home instead of returning them to his property.

He is worried that less mobile people or those with prams and buggies are being forced to take their life into their hands and walk into oncoming traffic to avoid the obstacles.

He said: "They are leaving emptied bins in the middle of the pavement, totally blocking it off. People have to walk out into a busy road and risk life and limb. This is happening all over the place and is an appalling hazard.

"This violates all common sense not mention health and safety. It is totally unacceptable and a real risk to people in the area."

Mr Cadman, whose wife is partially sighted, is worried that those with vision problems could easily trip over the smaller bins.

Catherine Spalton, spokesman for Wycombe District Council, said both residents and collectors are expected to leave bins at property boundaries.

She said: "Where it's not possible for residents to put their bins on their boundary, because of hedging for example, bins do tend to be put on the pavement which can present a problem for pedestrians.

"If crews aren't returning bins in the correct way, however, our contractor Serco will ensure that they address this issue with them."

There have been a number of complaints to Wycombe District Council since it rolled out a revamped waste collection service in October.

These have included late collections and some bins not being emptied at all.

Institute Road resident Mike Cummins is worried that refuse lorries are arriving later in the day since the switch, when roads are full of parked cars.

He claims this causes the already narrow streets become a treacherous obstacle course for the large vehicles.

Mr Cummins said: "Before the recent changes collections were in the relatively early morning before parking built up and were unproblematic, but now collections are much later. The legal parking means that the lorries either cannot themselves get through or, if they can, other road users cannot get past them.

"In Institute Road the problem is that cars cannot get past the collection lorries. "In Glade Road, which parking reduces to "single carriageway with passing spaces" throughout the working day and which, furthermore, is a busy access road between the A4155 Little Marlow Road and Thames Industrial Estate, the result of this effect can be chaos."

There are currently calls to address the problem of overcrowded residential streets, with former WDC leader saying this week that a study is still ongoing into how to solve the issue.

WDC’s Ms Spalton said plans are underway to address the issue of access to some of Marlow’s narrower streets.

She said: "we are aware that there have been a few issues lately that we are reviewing. "Households on some of these roads will soon get their rubbish and recycling collected by a smaller vehicle and our contractor is investigating options for dealing with access issues, which may include collecting from those roads at a different time of the day."

Have you had a problem with your bin collections since the new scheme was introduced? Email peter.grant@london.newsquest.co.uk

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12:00pm Fri 24 Jan 14

I know who I am says...

Some people are already at work by the time the bin men arrive so can not always put them away again until they get home from work.
Some people are already at work by the time the bin men arrive so can not always put them away again until they get home from work. I know who I am
  • Score: 17

12:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14

jdough says...

Consider yourself lucky that your bin is actually being emptied in the first place...
Consider yourself lucky that your bin is actually being emptied in the first place... jdough
  • Score: 12

12:21pm Fri 24 Jan 14

big don g the 1st says...

The cyclists better be careful.
The cyclists better be careful. big don g the 1st
  • Score: 5

12:30pm Fri 24 Jan 14

acjy1985 says...

BFP have done a poor job of obscuring that number plate
BFP have done a poor job of obscuring that number plate acjy1985
  • Score: 4

12:51pm Fri 24 Jan 14

miccles says...

Lets face it, WDC should have never joined forces with CDC, the service was more than good before, this proves you get what you pay for, cheap means cheap, shoddy service.
WDC and CDC both know that but they keep introducing lies, tell the truth you will get more respect.

WDC’s Ms Spalton said plans are underway to address the issue of access to some of Marlow’s narrower streets.

The other contractor im sure never had any problems.
Lets face it, WDC should have never joined forces with CDC, the service was more than good before, this proves you get what you pay for, cheap means cheap, shoddy service. WDC and CDC both know that but they keep introducing lies, tell the truth you will get more respect. WDC’s Ms Spalton said plans are underway to address the issue of access to some of Marlow’s narrower streets. The other contractor im sure never had any problems. miccles
  • Score: 8

12:55pm Fri 24 Jan 14

BucksComment says...

It doesn't help that everyone now has at least one extra bin....
It doesn't help that everyone now has at least one extra bin.... BucksComment
  • Score: 8

2:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14

thethe says...

I have to alternate between 2 bins one week and four bins the next. too many bins
I have to alternate between 2 bins one week and four bins the next. too many bins thethe
  • Score: 12

4:45pm Fri 24 Jan 14

u r joking says...

WDC picked serco to save money which they will waste on themselves why the rest of us suffer shoddy service why doesn't the so called elected servants actually serve the public and save us from a rubbish Armageddon
WDC picked serco to save money which they will waste on themselves why the rest of us suffer shoddy service why doesn't the so called elected servants actually serve the public and save us from a rubbish Armageddon u r joking
  • Score: 8

5:32pm Fri 24 Jan 14

mother henpeck says...

its crazy bins bins bins and more bins everywere you look you cant walk on the paths anymore
its crazy bins bins bins and more bins everywere you look you cant walk on the paths anymore mother henpeck
  • Score: 7

6:24pm Fri 24 Jan 14

tigeran says...

Glade road residents are a menace at the best of times parking anywhere and everywhere.
Glade road residents are a menace at the best of times parking anywhere and everywhere. tigeran
  • Score: 7

6:43pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Too Quick For You says...

I find it hard to believe that this is even newsworthy! If this was any other street in any other town this wouldn't even be an issue - just normal everyday life. But no, this is Marlow! I'm glad that Mr Cadman has the time to worry himself and fill his day with such a trivial matter!!
I find it hard to believe that this is even newsworthy! If this was any other street in any other town this wouldn't even be an issue - just normal everyday life. But no, this is Marlow! I'm glad that Mr Cadman has the time to worry himself and fill his day with such a trivial matter!! Too Quick For You
  • Score: -5

11:48pm Fri 24 Jan 14

BOOKERite says...

I leave my bins on the very edge of my property as told to do. The bin men never put the bins back, they either leave them in the middle of the pavement outside my property or in the middle of the pavement outside any one of my neighbour's properties. This practice hasn't changed since the last contractor did the work. I know they work very hard but don't they still have a duty to put the bins back where they found them?
I leave my bins on the very edge of my property as told to do. The bin men never put the bins back, they either leave them in the middle of the pavement outside my property or in the middle of the pavement outside any one of my neighbour's properties. This practice hasn't changed since the last contractor did the work. I know they work very hard but don't they still have a duty to put the bins back where they found them? BOOKERite
  • Score: 9

12:12am Sun 26 Jan 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

mother henpeck wrote:
its crazy bins bins bins and more bins everywere you look you cant walk on the paths anymore
I don’t wish to heighten the tension in the Drama of the Local Bins beyond breaking point, but has anyone ever considered what would happen if the bins were to achieve sentient status and get in league with other objects in our everyday life?

The bins are already placed close to where we live our everyday lives. We are outnumbered by bins of all colours and would stand little chance if the horrific possibility hinted at in my first sentence above were to become reality. If this nightmare scenario were to take place it would make a really scary film like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes look like a vicarage tea party in comparison.

Just saying.
[quote][p][bold]mother henpeck[/bold] wrote: its crazy bins bins bins and more bins everywere you look you cant walk on the paths anymore[/p][/quote]I don’t wish to heighten the tension in the Drama of the Local Bins beyond breaking point, but has anyone ever considered what would happen if the bins were to achieve sentient status and get in league with other objects in our everyday life? The bins are already placed close to where we live our everyday lives. We are outnumbered by bins of all colours and would stand little chance if the horrific possibility hinted at in my first sentence above were to become reality. If this nightmare scenario were to take place it would make a really scary film like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes look like a vicarage tea party in comparison. Just saying. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: -3

12:14am Sun 26 Jan 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Who is the young mum in the photo, courageously facing down a bin with her baby buggy?
Who is the young mum in the photo, courageously facing down a bin with her baby buggy? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: -2

12:23am Sun 26 Jan 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

The possibility that bins could attack us kill us all and take over ... oh I don't know ... take over libraries and things - is not so remote as it seems - I recently photographed a bin attacking the hedge near my house. It froze with its lid open when it realised I was watching but it made my blood run cold I can tell you.

What made it worse was that the rogue bin was a black bin for non-recyclable rubbish.

Think on.
The possibility that bins could attack us kill us all and take over ... oh I don't know ... take over libraries and things - is not so remote as it seems - I recently photographed a bin attacking the hedge near my house. It froze with its lid open when it realised I was watching but it made my blood run cold I can tell you. What made it worse was that the rogue bin was a [italic]black[/italic] bin for [italic]non-recyclable [/italic]rubbish. Think on. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

12:24am Sun 26 Jan 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Too Quick For You wrote:
I find it hard to believe that this is even newsworthy! If this was any other street in any other town this wouldn't even be an issue - just normal everyday life. But no, this is Marlow! I'm glad that Mr Cadman has the time to worry himself and fill his day with such a trivial matter!!
Just SHUT UP!

This is IMPORTANT!
[quote][p][bold]Too Quick For You[/bold] wrote: I find it hard to believe that this is even newsworthy! If this was any other street in any other town this wouldn't even be an issue - just normal everyday life. But no, this is Marlow! I'm glad that Mr Cadman has the time to worry himself and fill his day with such a trivial matter!![/p][/quote]Just SHUT UP! This is IMPORTANT! Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 3

12:30am Sun 26 Jan 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
Too Quick For You wrote:
I find it hard to believe that this is even newsworthy! If this was any other street in any other town this wouldn't even be an issue - just normal everyday life. But no, this is Marlow! I'm glad that Mr Cadman has the time to worry himself and fill his day with such a trivial matter!!
Just SHUT UP!

This is IMPORTANT!
Important for the reasons I mentioned above.



(Have you ever considered that a bin - a small, food waste, bin - could trickle ninja-style through a cat flap or a large letter box at dead of night?)



No I didn’t think you had.


Anyway I won't go ona bout it.
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Too Quick For You[/bold] wrote: I find it hard to believe that this is even newsworthy! If this was any other street in any other town this wouldn't even be an issue - just normal everyday life. But no, this is Marlow! I'm glad that Mr Cadman has the time to worry himself and fill his day with such a trivial matter!![/p][/quote]Just SHUT UP! This is IMPORTANT![/p][/quote]Important for the reasons I mentioned above. (Have you ever considered that a bin - a small, food waste, bin - could [italic] trickle[/italic] ninja-style through a cat flap or a large letter box at dead of night?) No I didn’t think you had. Anyway I won't go ona bout it. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

12:30am Sun 26 Jan 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

*on about it*
*on about it* Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 6

3:00pm Sun 26 Jan 14

J B Blackett says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
The possibility that bins could attack us kill us all and take over ... oh I don't know ... take over libraries and things - is not so remote as it seems - I recently photographed a bin attacking the hedge near my house. It froze with its lid open when it realised I was watching but it made my blood run cold I can tell you.

What made it worse was that the rogue bin was a black bin for non-recyclable rubbish.

Think on.
You may be correct. They are possibly Daleks - in disguise.
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They move about on wheels under their own volition , are of differing colours denoting status/command level, seem to accumulate at the bottom of stairs and have strange dangerous looking objects ( weapons ?) sticking out of them.
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One of the bin lids was left up in Marlow last week and the police are looking into it.























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[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: The possibility that bins could attack us kill us all and take over ... oh I don't know ... take over libraries and things - is not so remote as it seems - I recently photographed a bin attacking the hedge near my house. It froze with its lid open when it realised I was watching but it made my blood run cold I can tell you. What made it worse was that the rogue bin was a [italic]black[/italic] bin for [italic]non-recyclable [/italic]rubbish. Think on.[/p][/quote]You may be correct. They are possibly Daleks - in disguise. . They move about on wheels under their own volition , are of differing colours denoting status/command level, seem to accumulate at the bottom of stairs and have strange dangerous looking objects ( weapons ?) sticking out of them. . One of the bin lids was left up in Marlow last week and the police are looking into it. . J B Blackett
  • Score: 1

5:59pm Sun 26 Jan 14

demoness the second says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
The possibility that bins could attack us kill us all and take over ... oh I don't know ... take over libraries and things - is not so remote as it seems - I recently photographed a bin attacking the hedge near my house. It froze with its lid open when it realised I was watching but it made my blood run cold I can tell you.

What made it worse was that the rogue bin was a black bin for non-recyclable rubbish.

Think on.
IT IS TOO LATE!!!! Look at the poor little bin - dead on its side. ATTACKED by the big one.
THEY ARE STARTING WITH THE SMALL AND THE WEAK IN THEIR OWN SPECIES!!
IT WILL BE US NEXT!!!!
BEWARE!!
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: The possibility that bins could attack us kill us all and take over ... oh I don't know ... take over libraries and things - is not so remote as it seems - I recently photographed a bin attacking the hedge near my house. It froze with its lid open when it realised I was watching but it made my blood run cold I can tell you. What made it worse was that the rogue bin was a [italic]black[/italic] bin for [italic]non-recyclable [/italic]rubbish. Think on.[/p][/quote]IT IS TOO LATE!!!! Look at the poor little bin - dead on its side. ATTACKED by the big one. THEY ARE STARTING WITH THE SMALL AND THE WEAK IN THEIR OWN SPECIES!! IT WILL BE US NEXT!!!! BEWARE!! demoness the second
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

You see - it's not just me who is uneasy about this.
You see - it's not just me who is uneasy about this. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 2

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