Aberdeen resident’s anger as cars parked on double yellow lines delay wheelie bin collections

Councillor Michael Hutchison on Canal Street, Aberdeen
Councillor Michael Hutchison on Canal Street, Aberdeen

An Aberdeen resident has hit out after parking problems in his street caused bin collections to be late for several weeks.

Steve Brown, who lives on Canal Street, said refuse trucks are not able to get down the road to pick up wheelie bins due to the number of cars parked on double yellow lines.

The 39-year-old said: “On our street there are communal bins, but there are a few houses with their own bins.

“We had some problems before, but since the new system came in we have had a collection on the right day once or twice.

“We ended up with three bags of rubbish sitting outside our front door because the bin was full. We worry if the bins are there it’s going to attract vermin.”

After contacting the council, Steve was told the bins weren’t being collected on time due to access problems and a smaller truck was being sourced to make the trip. However, it has not yet gone into service.

Councillor Michael Hutchison, who represents the area, said: “The situation in Canal Street is getting ridiculous and it’s causing considerable inconvenience to the people who live here.

“I’m disappointed that the planned move to a smaller bin lorry hasn’t happened yet but part of the problem could also be avoided if drivers weren’t parking on double yellow lines.

“I have asked the wardens to give this street attention in the mornings and hopefully a few parking tickets might help remind people not to park here.”

Steve added: “From 7.30am until 5pm there are cars parked there. We’ve watched traffic wardens ignore the cars.

“It’s wearing a bit thin with us. It just seems like we’re getting passed from pillar to post, there’s only so much that we can do.”

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “The operations team has been working on finalising a collection route for a small vehicle and there have been delays due to staff shortages.

“However, the route should be operational next week and we apologise for the inconvenience.”