Rubbish row as estate residents want a resolution
RESIDENTS living off a Cardigan housing estate say they have to carry their bin bags 300 yards to the end of their road as the council will not pick them up from outside their homes.
People in the 16 properties in Dol y Dintir off Heol Derw say the ongoing problem is a health hazard.
They claim it has led to foxes, seagulls and vermin scrounging through torn bin bags which pile up at the end of their road.
It is because Dol y Dintir is un-adopted and the local authority will not send its vehicles along it.
The road is part of the Hawkesbury Properties development.
It is understood Ceredigion Council will only send refuse vehicles down Dol y Dintir if Hawkesbury signs an agreement to cover the insurance costs of the council if a refuse vehicle is damaged or if an accident occurs during collection.
Local county councillor John Adams-Lewis said: "I have taken this up with the county council because it has been a problem for some time.
"The bags are being piled up at the end of the road and very often the children are dragging them up there making them rip.
"That has then led to them being ripped and attracting wildlife.
"It is unfair that residents have to carry their bags such a distance every week for a council service."
Resident Hazel Innes, 62, has lived in Dol y Dintir for the past two years and said action was needed to come to an agreement over the rubbish collections.
She added: "There are about 16 homes affected altogether and there is a worry about health because of these bags being ripped open because of where they are left."
She said residents were expected to haul bag-loads of rubbish, food waste and recycling to the very end of Dol y Dintir.
"People often take their bags up there on a Thursday evening, the night before the rubbish is collected on a Friday morning.
"But overnight the bags are torn by foxes coming down from the surrounding fields.
"So we get food and rubbish everywhere."
She said it also affected residents living on Heol Derw and was unfair on them to have to put up with the rubbish.
Mrs Innes added: "There are elderly people living here and they are expected to carry their rubbish that distance every week.
"All we want is for the council and Hawkesbury to find a way forward so that we can leave our rubbish outside our homes."
Ceredigion Council said in a statement: "The carriageway on this site although well developed and being constructed to highway standards is still at base-course level and the ironwork (manhole covers etc.) are proud.
"Trafficking by large vehicles e.g. refuse lorries before the final surfacing is laid may dislodge the ironwork and/or kerbline, therefore to avoid dispute over damage the refuse is collected from a communal point.
"Once the surfacing is complete and the road adopted the residents will be afforded the same collection service as all other housing estates on the public highway."