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Rats infesting overflowing bins at Gloucester flats

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

  • The overflowing bins in Park End Road

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RATS are running rife because of a mountain of uncollected rubbish outside their flats according to city tenants.

The disease-spreading vermin are regularly spotted in the garden outside the Two Rivers Housing block in Gloucester’s Parkend Road, resident Natalie Feher said.

“It is disgusting. There are rat holes in the shrubbery,” she said.

The 14 flats opposite Gloucester Park shared a communal area for waste, said Miss Feher, mum to Pearl, four.

But the refuse hadn’t been collected since before Christmas due, she claimed, to a mix up over the key to the bins compound.

“They changed the lock and nobody gave out the new key,” Miss Feher said.

Gloucester City Council, which collects the flats’ refuse, did however have a key, a Two Rivers spokesman responded.

The problem was instead that the flats’ residents were generating too much rubbish, he said.

“The council allocates the number of bins to properties. We are not in control of that. Recycling facilities have been introduced to try to reduce the refuse. The difficulty is that if extra rubbish is dumped by tenants and it is not in the bins provided, then it obstructs the council’s access and they can’t get at the large skip bins to empty them,” he said.

The spokesman said Two Rivers had also held meetings to educate its tenants about recycling and correct use of the communal bins.

An alternative solution might be to allocate individual bins to each flat, to make residents equally responsible for the refuse, he said.

“We have suggested that to the council and we hope it is being considered,” he said.

But neighbour Sharon Beard, 32, said: “We’ve complained and complained and been promised that things would get fixed but nothing has ever happened.”

The mum of Emma, five, and Lucas, three, added: “The bins are awful, it’s so unhygienic and there are massive rats in there.”

Fellow tenant Emily Palmer, 21, agreed there were rats everywhere. “They’re around the outside of the building and one lady had a rat inside her flat,” said Ms Palmer.

“We also need more bins. It’s one bin for about seven and there are two bins but it’s not enough,” she said.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  February 17 2014, 11:10PM

    Design a waste collection to suit the user - not expect users to believe in your multi-bin hog-wash. Everybody in waste management knows that systems for spread out housing are unsuitable for flats.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 17 2014, 3:25PM

    Snappy - I didn't catch your drift, thanks for clarifying your point and I would say I have to agree with what you have to say!

  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 16 2014, 7:01PM

    I'm not talking about tenants in this specific instance throwing rubbish over their back garden fence, but talking to a householder while barrowing a lorryload of accumulated c*ap from one alley, I was told that people would do this so as not to be penalised for leaving their digs in a state when they moved to another property. It's a particular problem in Barton, but the answer favoured by associations like Gloucester City Homes is to turn a blind eye. In fact, GCH claim they don't *have* any properties in Barton, which makes all the signs specifying parking space as for GCH tenants a bit of a mystery...

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 16 2014, 12:32PM

    Didn't know they where throwing waste over the fence, this should be prosecuted at the earliest possible occasion. Had a look on this site and the overwhelming stories about Two Rivers are positive!

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 16 2014, 10:42AM

    GlosAnarchy, I'm thinking of issues involving Two Rivers that have come up in the Citizen in the past, but yes, tenants should be responsible for their waste. In practice, some, espacially the short term 'transient' ones throw accumulated waste over their fence into an alley, and that's something housing associations are turning a blind eye to...

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 16 2014, 9:48AM

    Snappy_Happer How is this bad management unless you mean by letting the flats to the type who will trash the place and how is it the fault of the council, it's not! It's down the the residents to live together in a appropriate manner! Maybe Two Rivers aught to install a CCTV camera covering the bin area and catch the scum that's making the mess and evict them!

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 16 2014, 9:27AM

    Two Rives Housing have a reputation for bad management and excuses, don't they? But the council prove once again that they don't have a handle on recycling issues. But don't worry, they can schedule another high publicity Big Tidy, and all that domestic rubbish can be re-bagged and added to it to 'prove' how much people drop on the street...

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 16 2014, 8:31AM

    Have to agree, the residents of the flats are to blame for the mess and rat infestation, it's about time the housing association put the residents on notice either clean up your acts or pack your bags!

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 16 2014, 8:31AM

    Have to agree, the residents of the flats are to blame for the mess and rat infestation, it's about time the housing association put the residents on notice either clean up your acts or pack your bags!

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  • jackson99  |  February 15 2014, 5:08PM

    Looks like the tenents just chuck their rubbish into the waste area. As people who pay rent it seems they dont care and expect others to clean up after them.

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