Resident’s fury over recycling bin site

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An angry resident has hit out at moves to place glass recycling bins next to his home.

Northumberland County Council plans to install a recycling facility in Sainsbury’s car park in Stobhill for an initial three-month trial.

Robert Marshall of Shields Road at Morpeth-row about proposal to install recycling bins near his home.'REF 0202151810

Robert Marshall of Shields Road at Morpeth-row about proposal to install recycling bins near his home.'REF 0202151810

However, Robert Marshall, who lives next door to the site in Shields Road, is furious after learning the bins would be sited beside his garden fence.

“I’m really annoyed about it,” he said.

“Initially, we were told it was going to be two bins, now I have heard it is three. The council is expecting me just to go along with this for three months to see if there is going to be any trouble.

“There were recycling bins for clothes and bottles before and young ones were taking the bottles out and smashing them, and clothes would be all over the car park. The kids would use the bins to climb onto my garage.

“At the moment the bins are going to be right next to my siting room so we are going to be hearing clinking and clanking at all hours.

“I don’t have a problem with recycling bins, but it is a big car park so why not put them at the other side, towards the main road, out of everybody’s way?

“I shouldn’t have to put up with them next to my house.”

A council spokesman said: “The council has received requests from residents who are keen to see a glass recycling facility provided at the Sainsbury’s site and we have been in discussion with the store and landowner to secure their agreement.

“We also recognise the need to take into consideration the views of an adjoining resident over the positioning of the proposed bins. We have been in contact with them, including a hand-delivered letter to their property explaining what has been proposed and seeking their views, and have confirmed that nothing final has been decided.

“If the proposed location is not acceptable then we will continue to work with the landowner to try to find a suitable position.”