A load of old rubbish: Jane Pugh, from Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, was fined £30 by her local council when her bin was found to be two feet out of place Putting out the bins is not normally a chore that requires any great level of precision. But it is in the case of single mother Jane Pugh, who had her wheelie bin confiscated by the council for health and safety reasons after it was left three feet away from what was deemed the correct spot. To add insult to injury, the council demanded that she pay a £30 ransom for its return. The stand-off began in August when freelance writer Mrs Pugh found her bin had gone missing from the communal alleyway behind her house in Ansdell, in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire.
When she phoned up Fylde Council to report the loss, she was told the bin had been confiscated because it had been left in the wrong place. The official warned her to keep it in her back garden or face a fine of up to £1,000. Last night Mrs Pugh, 47, said: ‘I found the whole thing bonkers. I really couldn’t work out where I was supposed to put it. ‘I’ve got a really small garden and no garage so I had no choice but to put it in the back alley.’ After pointing out that the council’s edict was impractical, her bin was returned. A member of the council’s waste enforcement team also visited Mrs Pugh and agreed she could keep the bin in a smaller passage, known as a ginnel, leading off the main alleyway. But to ensure that she was complying with the new restrictions, council officials were secretly dispatched to inspect the alleyway five times to check she had kept the agreement. And it was not long before Mrs Pugh found, once again, that her bin had gone missing.
Wheeled away: The alley, with the smaller passage (centre) which leads to Mrs Pugh’s house She explained: ‘It seemed like too much of a coincidence so I emailed the council saying, “Why have you taken it again?” ‘And they came back with a long explanation that they have been inspecting the alley on a weekly basis, which I find baffling in itself, and that my bin was found to be out of place. They said on three out of five occasions the bin was found to be in the incorrect position and they’d even taken photographs. ‘It was like they were hoping to catch me out. The bin was only three foot from where it should have been.’ This time Mrs Pugh was told she would have to pay a £30 ‘release fee’ to get her bin back. She said: ‘The reasoning of the council is just bizarre – especially as officials were making frequent visits to check on the progress of my wheelie bin. Mrs Pugh said she found the whole thing bonkers and could not keep to the council’s edict because she had no room in her garden Mrs Pugh said she found the whole thing bonkers and could not keep to the council’s edict because she had no room in her garden ‘The fact is the bin had merely moved a few feet, not, as one would imagine, several miles.
‘I’m a busy single mum and I’ve got enough to do without frequently having to go into the back alley and check my bin is OK. ‘Am I supposed to go out every day to make sure no one has moved my bin?’ Since her bin was confiscated, Mrs Pugh has had to double-bag all her rubbish, put it in the car and drive it to the tip. A spokesman for Fylde Council said the bin had been removed following ‘a number of complaints’ but that Mrs Pugh could now get it back without charge. The spokesman added: ‘We would prefer not to waste public resources on minor issues of this nature and are quite happy to return the bin to the householder once again if she is prepared to stick to her agreement.
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If she is prepared to stick to her agreement? She has not agreed to be subject to a stolen bin or to pay for council services that STEAL her bin. It’s time to give the local government and local council the sack. It is time to remove all of the policy abusers. Perhaps a mass boycott of the council’s dustmen in favour of citizen created rubbish collection services? How much does a rubbish truck cost? How much does a driver and collector cost to hire? Drop the idiots who steal bins and open your own profiyable non-abusive business. In fact compete with the Dustmen by offering the same service at lower price until the colluding contractors become redundant. This is imposition of a ‘fear’ by threat of force (burglary of a bin in this case), mindset on the citizens if anything.
The councillor wants to control 3 feet of space? Vote the entire government and it’s abusive policy setters and colluding contractors out instead. The alternative is that people like Mrs Pugh get herself elected into office and then FIRE all neglectful councillors that allow such thefts and allow supercilious impositions of rules’ without amendments to occur, FIRE all spokesmen (who by being willing to be used by such Councils are not much better) and presumptuous ‘dustmen’ (who could have in spirit of the law REFUSED to take away bins but inconsiderately did. If the bureaucrat and quangocrat, even judiciary dishing out expensive jail term sentences that cost the taxpayer so much to enrich the prison contractors, don’t stop attacking the citizens, the citizens will attack them and make them into the pariahs they are.
In fact if enough independent MPs who understand and are in touch with such issues work together, the tax system could be overhauled (i.e. removed) as well, or limitless terms for MPs and especially Councillors ended, bureaucrat salaries lowered to (example : no more than 3 times average wage for the Cabinet, 2 times for senior management, 1.5 times for management and 1 time for all others). A bureaucrat’s salary should be no more than 3 times average wage. See below link for institutionalized corruption.
Average Wage Discrepencies With Reality http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1581439054619&set=o.36665503866&type=1 Don’t tell the citizens anyone deserves anything more than the average wager much less free luxury services at the taxpayer’s expense. Time to take out the garbage in government.