As we comment in “Brentham News”, we are again being threatened with “wheelie bins”. In 2008, Ealing Council held a consultation into the use of wheelie bins for refuse collection. Most of the Borough voted to accept the new bins, but two areas, one of which was Brentham and the surrounding area, voted heavily against them. We were allowed to retain black sacks for household refuse, and were given the choice individually of changing to wheelie bins for garden refuse. Fewer than 10 of the 600 houses in Brentham opted for wheelie bins.
The issue has been raised again by the Council, who intend to move to bi-weekly collections of refuse and compulsory use of wheelie bins for this from April 2016. There has been no consultation this time. Bassam Mahfouz, the Ealing Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, has said that the only criterion for not using wheelie bins is the “simple lack of available space to store them”. Few of the houses in Brentham will qualify for alternatives, despite the fact that many houses are terraces and will have to store the bins in their front gardens or on the pavement.
The Brentham Society is concerned that the sight of rows of brightly coloured plastic bins in the front gardens of Brentham houses and on the pavements will seriously detract from the ambience of the estate, and so make the area less attractive and desirable in which to live. Other parts of Ealing suffer from this, and so we can see the effect that this will have. We are also concerned that elderly and less able residents may find these big bins difficult to manage.
As a conservation area protected by an Article 4 Directive, we hope to persuade Councillor Mahfouz to agree that we are a special case, and alternative methods of refuse collection can be used, as they are used for example for blocks of flats.
This is something that affects all of us. We would welcome your views – by using the comments facility below. We hope that you will take the trouble to do so and that you will join in the campaign and help us to fight these bins again. We were successful last time, so we feel that with your support we can succeed again.
You can add your name to the Ealing Council petition “Against Wheelie Bins” here but be quick – the petition closes May 18th.
Richard Costella (Chair Brentham Society).