Delight at demise of recycling bins
RELIEVED residents say they're overjoyed that a noisy and unsightly recycling bank is to be removed from outside their homes.
The householders' victory comes after they raised a 600-name petition demanding Stroud District Council take away the community bank from the car park off Stamages Lane, Painswick.
They were furious when the council sited the metal bank opposite their properties.
They were woken at night by people flinging bottles and cans into it and said also that it was a scar on the entrance to picture-postcard Painswick.
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But now the council had said the bank will be taken away by next Wednesday, which was "great news", said district councillor Nigel Cooper.
"It's a victory for common sense," said Mr Cooper (Con Painswick).
"All the residents were very supportive of the new enhanced recycling scheme. It was just that these containers were inappropriately positioned," he said.
Painswick campaigner Caroline Shaw said: "I am thrilled, obviously. We are overjoyed ... we are so relieved," she said. "It was a potential nightmare. I don't think they really realised just how awful it was," said Ms Shaw, from Painswick's St Mary's Residents' Association.
Coun Simon Pickering (Green Slade), the district's executive member for environment, said the problem had been that the new recycling banks were larger than the previous ones. They therefore needed a larger space so the collection lorry could access them.
Mr Pickering said the layout of the Stamages Lane car park meant the bank could only be positioned at one end which had led to the residents' concerns.
"This is a real shame as there do not appear to be any other suitable local sites for this well-used recycling facility which serves hundreds of homes in Painswick and the surrounding area," he said.