A SHIRLEY woman who had her wheelie bin stolen has blasted Solihull Council after it said she would have to pay for a replacement.
Janine Seal works long hours and often doesn’t return home until late at night meaning on collection days her bin is outside for some time.
The Finmere Way resident discovered her bin had been pinched last weekend but is even more furious because the council want £26 for a replacement to be delivered.
The businesswoman said: “Why should I be penalised for other peoples’ selfish and inconsiderate actions? It’s not about the money, if I pay this time and it gets stolen again, then am I supposed to keep on forking out?
“I am not paying. I pay my council tax for a refuse collection service that the council is now not providing me with. The council said I could go to Bickenhill but why should I? Penalising people for having their property stolen is just outrageous.”
Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Tim Hodgson said: “We are sorry to hear about Mrs Seal’s stolen bin. We introduced charges for waste and recycling containers because the council cannot meet the cost of replacing them for residents.
“However in certain circumstances, residents can appeal to have the charge waived and we have sent Mrs Seal a form to do this should she wish to.”