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Miltons Residents Association call for Haringey Borough Council to collect bins more often
A group of residents are furious with Haringey Borough Council because their overflowing wheelie bins are attracting vermin and foxes.
Members of the Miltons Residents Association claim the fortnightly bin collection in the west of the borough means streets are left "filthy and unsightly".
According to residents, the situation in Milton Road and Milton Avenue is made worse as houses do not have an area in front of them to store bins so excess rubbish has to be left on the pavement.
Christopher Riley, the chairman of the association, has cancer and said the unhygienic streets put his health at risk because his immune system is already compromised.
He said: “The bins just are not collected often enough and because the population in the area is so dense it means that rubbish always overspills.
“Then the crows and foxes come and tear the bin bags open, rubbish spills everywhere I have to pick up litter that is covered in fox faeces.
“It is really filthy and disgusting and because of the hot weather the whole street smells so bad.
"This can't be good for your health and for someone like me who has a weak immune system it causes so much stress."
Fortnightly bin collections were introduced at the start of last year and council claimed it would save £900,000 annually.
However because the problems the association has been lobbying the council to have the bins on their streets collected more frequently for the past 18 months.
Despite this, little has been done to improve the situation and the group has now gone to the Local Government Ombudsman to complain about the issue.
Mr Riley, who lives on Milton Avenue, added: “Every time we complain to the council they say they are observing the situation – it’s been 18 months – how long are they going to observe for?”
A spokesman from the council said the authority tries to ensure the road is kept clean and tidy.
She said: “We have been in regular contact with residents in the Miltons to try to address any concerns they may have.
"In order to ensure that the road is kept clean and tidy, we carry out twice weekly street cleansing and make regular checks for dumped items.
"Where necessary, we are adjusting bin provision to ensure adequate capacity and prevent bins from overflowing.
"All recyclable waste – including dry waste and food – is still collected weekly. Across the borough, recycling rates have risen significantly as a result of changes and improvements to collections.”
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