One frustrated resident of High Wycombe has criticised the council for failing to control vegetation around rubbish bins in the town.

Images show the bins being camouflaged from view on West Wycombe Road adjacent to the junction with Fryers Lane.

Marie Duckett said: “It would seem that the council are looking for ways to reduce the number of us making free and easy use of the rubbish bins.”

“Last summer when the council were not mowing verges and common areas as the grass was not growing, they failed to observe that weeds and self-seeding shrubs and trees were advancing like triffids.

“When I walk the grassy, weedy, broken up pavements of High Wycombe I often wonder if the use of weed killer or some early intervention would be more cost effective.”

Mark Averill, Head of Highways at Bucks County Council, said: “Transport for Buckinghamshire is aware of the overgrown vegetation concealing the bin on West Wycombe Road. This is due to be cleared within the next 28 days, and should leave the area looking a lot neater, with clear access to the bin. We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to the bin being concealed.

“The grass on Rignall Road, Great Missenden is TfB’s responsibility to maintain. As it forms a part of our rural cut it now only receives a single cut per year. This is due to take place on 15th July, however this date is weather dependent and could move should weather conditions dictate.

“Allowing rural verges to grow reduces our impact on the environment and allows natural flora and fauna to flourish. It also encourages pollinating insects, such as bees, at a time when there are concerns surrounding their sustainability.”