Ban on traders' bins to clean up pavements moves closer
RESIDENTS campaigning to stop traders' rubbish blocking Eastville pavements have welcomed a new tougher council policy.
People living near the stretch of Fishponds Road between the Freeland Buildings and East Park junctions have been calling for action over commercial wheelie bins which have been left on the pavement, with more rubbish often dumped around them.
The Voice reported last year how one elderly resident had been left bruised and covered in stinking gunge when she slipped and fell in a slick of rotting food waste oozing from one of 11 large wheelie bins used by shops and takeaways across the road.
Now Bristol City Council has announced a new policy, which will be rolled out to Eastville over the next 12 months.
The policy has three main points: making sure trade waste bins are kept in business premises and not on the street, ensuring waste cannot spill out of containers, and coordinating collection times for all businesses.
A pilot scheme has been launched in the area around Corn Street, with a "period of engagement" to allow businesses time to move into line with the new rules.
But the authority says firms which "repeatedly fail to comply" with the rules will face enforcement action including the removal of bins, on-the-spot fines of up to £110 and prosecution "as a last resort".
Council cabinet member for waste Nicola Beech said: "It is important that we make these changes, confront and reduce the waste our city generates and encourage improving recycling on our commercial premises. This is another step in meeting our climate emergency objectives."
She said the new policy would reach other areas over the next year.
Gloria Davey, of the East Park Residents Group, has been lobbying the council to take action for years, taking pictures of the worst messes, contacting officials and councillors and also enlisting the support of Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy.
She said she was looking forward to the scheme reaching Eastville but had stopped travelling by bus to avoid the mess by the bins near the stop.
Gloria said: "The bins are in front of the Eastville Workhouse listed wall that people come to visit from all over the world. Hopefully they will be able to take their photographs in the future without me feeling embarrassed."
Eastville ward councillor Lorraine Francis also welcomed the new policy, saying: "Eastville residents will be happy to get their pavements back.
"We have put up with piles of stagnant rubbish for too long.
"Meanwhile, I will work closely with Bristol Waste to ensure our small independent businesses are not disproportionately impacted."
Picture: An overflowing commercial wheelie bin on Fishponds Road last year - photo courtesy of Gloria Davey, East Park Residents Group