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Anger over rubbish risk

A MOUNTAIN of rubbish, that built up in Knowle over the festive period, was branded a “health risk” by one furious resident.

A MOUNTAIN of rubbish, that built up in Knowle over the festive period, was branded a “health risk” by one furious resident.

David Hanlin said that the facility in Greswolde car park was often overflowing with rubbish bags.

But disruption to the borough’s waste and recycling collections, caused by recent bad weather, has made matters worse.

Last Sunday, Mr Hanlin, who lives in nearby Crabmill Close, took this photo of the rubbish.

Bags of refuse were heaped up next to containers and hundreds of bottles and cans had been left by the bottle bank.

“This affects everyone in Knowle and spoils what should be a picturesque village,” said the 40-year-old.

“The car park, which is right next to the church and local primary school, has basically been turned into a tip.”

Recycling collections only restarted this week, after being disrupted by the snow and Christmas period.

“Christmas isn’t exactly a one-off event, so the council should be better prepared,” added Mr Hanlin.

When the Solihull News visited on Tuesday, the rubbish had been cleared away.

Councillor Tim Hodgson, cabinet member for the environment, said that the council had been working hard with contractors to keep the centres clear.

“Our recycling centres have experienced extremely high demand over the last fortnight due to the postponed domestic collections, extra Christmas waste and bank holidays.

“Our kerbside collections are also back to normal service and due to the missed collections, we will collect any extra recycling material that is left out.”

 

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