Plan to add bin stores to future Gloucester homes 'a wonderful idea'
A GOVERNMENT idea that new homes should be built with bin storage has been welcomed in Gloucester.
According to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, developers should include in their plans room for bins because they are a "blot on the landscape" and make residential areas look untidy when left out.
Residents in Gloucester agreed that there was a lack of bin storage space outside their homes. Some said the number of bins outside houses on streets or on pavements was unsightly and they were an obstacle for people using mobility scooters or wheelchairs, and for parents with pushchairs.
Liberal Democrat city councillor for Quedgeley and Severn Vale, Anna Mozol, has previously complained about the number of bins in her ward and the lack of space to store them. She agreed that housing developers should build storage areas out of sight of the streets. "It's a wonderful idea," she said. "With the amount of bins we have outside of our houses, it's a mess."
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Mr Pickles' parliamentary opponent, Hilary Benn, criticised him for offering "obvious advice". But Ms Mozol said: "It is stating the obvious, but sometimes you do have to state the obvious to make sure things are done."
She said housing developers had a responsibility to ensure that there was suitable bin storage to avoid such problems, but housing developers in the past had not done so and had tried to build all the rooms necessary in the smallest possible footprint.
A spokesman for Gloucester City Council said: "In the case of planning applications for new-build properties, the issue of the provision of bins, how they are stored and access for refuse lorries are all matters that are currently considered as part of the approval process. In areas of the city that have terraced houses or houses in multiple occupation where wheeled bins are not a realistic option, the council has introduced a purple bag facility as an alternative."