Call for action on bin blight

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is to issue planning guidance encouraging developers to create space in properties so bins and recycling boxes can be hidden away.

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Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has called on planners to provide places to hide bins Credit: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

Eric Pickles has called for new homes to be built with storage areas for wheelie bins to end the scourge of "bin-blighted" streets. The Communities Secretary is to issue planning guidance encouraging developers to create space in properties so bins and recycling boxes can be hidden away.

Wheelie bins in Harrow, Middlesex, where each resident has three separate bins Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

The problem of unslightly bins is angering many Londoners. A campaign has begun in Primrose Hill against the introduction of four foot high wheely bins to encourage recycling. Pam White, a member of the Primrose Hill Conservation Area Committee, said:

"It is the nature of the housing. Most of the houses in the area are Victorian terraces with no front gardens. It is physical, there is no room for the bins."

And in Henley-on-Thames, there are plans for a "march of the wheelie bins" on the town hall in protest at a new waste collection system being introduced next month.

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