December 5 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 17, 2013
New homes should be built with storage areas for wheelie bins to end the scourge of “bin-blighted” streets in England, communities secretary Eric Pickles has said.
He is to issue planning guidance encouraging developers to create space in properties so bins and recycling boxes can be hidden away.
The guidance, to be published next week, will warn house builders that “unsightly bins left lying around the neighbourhood can damage the visual amenity of an area”.
Mr Pickles said: “For years, badly-placed wheelie bins and the proliferation of multiple bins have created a blot on the landscape. In streets up and down the country, ugly bin clutter has ruined the street scene and the look of people’s homes and gardens. By ensuring that developers create appropriate waste storage areas when designing new homes, we can tackle the ghastly gauntlet of bin-blighted streets and driveways.”
However, leaders at Norwich City Council pointed out they have been guiding developers down that route for at least a decade.
Mike Stonard, cabinet member for environment, development and transport at City Hall, said: “Norwich City Council has had planning regulations for the last 10 years which have required the inclusion of sufficient space for storage of household waste.
“There are some very good examples around the city of where that has happened, such as at Fellowes Plain. So the city council is ahead of the game.”
The guidelines will only apply to new build homes, so Norwich’s terraced streets, where the bins are often so prominent, will not be affected.
And Victoria Manthorpe, from civic watchdog The Norwich Society, said the issue with bins went beyond homes.
She said: “I’d be interested to know if they are going to do anything about commercial properties. The society has concerns about Tombland, where some of the commercial operators have enormous bins, but no space to conceal those.
“It is a problem because these are old buildings which have been converted into businesses.”
Bin collections – and bin colours – vary depending on which council covers the area you live in.
In Norwich, most people have black bins for general waste and blue bins for recycling, which are emptied on alternate weeks.
Some also have green bins for glass and brown bins for garden waste. Food waste is collected from caddies every week.
Broadland, perhaps rather strangely, has green bins for refuse and grey bins for recycling, collected on alternate weeks.
Breckland, South Norfolk and Great Yarmouth both have black bins for rubbish and green ones for recycling, collected every other fortnight, although Yarmouth is reintroducing some weekly collections.
North Norfolk has green bins for recycling and grey ones for household waste, emptied on alternate weeks. People can also pay extra for a garden waste bin emptied fortnightly.
West Norfolk has green bins for recycling and black ones for waste and food caddies collected every week.
Waveney has blue bins for recycling and green bins for garden waste, collected every two weeks, with rubbish collected from a black bin in alternate weeks.