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Division all too clear on rubbish

IT was a tale of two councils – one side of the road clear of rubbish, while the other was lined with festering bin bags.

IT was a tale of two councils – one side of the road clear of rubbish, while the other was lined with festering bin bags.

The great divide on Redstone Farm Road, Hall Green, was because the boundary between Solihull Borough Council and Birmingham City Council bisects the street.

Refuse workers at Birmingham Council are taking industrial action over pay which say mountains of bin bags in parts of the city for almost a month.

Rubbish was finally collected on Redstone Farm Road after three weeks last Sunday night.

Solihull Council have been collecting rubbish as normal.

Housewife Nayab Ilyas, aged 39, who lives on the Birmingham side of Redstone Farm Road, said: “I look across the street and I’m reminded that Solihull Council is one hundred times better.

“It’s caused a lot of trouble, especially with the bottle collections, plus we haven’t got a wheelie bin.”

Margaret Davis, aged 78, has lived on the Solihull side for 48 years.

She said: “The usual bin day for the Birmingham Council collection is Thursday.

“A family across the road have started putting bags out on the grass verge again, they don’t realise what a mess it looks.

“Solihull wouldn’t collect bags because we use wheelie bins.

“Hopefully they will sort it out soon, but I don’t think it’s likely.”

A half day strike by Birmingham binmen is planned today (Friday).

 

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