A Harrogate neighbourhood is demanding answers as bulging council wheelie bins have been left unemptied for up to three weeks.
Families living on Russell Street and Grey Street are fighting flies inside their homes and fear worse pests are to come as a result of the forgotten bins.
Harrogate Borough Council has revealed the scale of change, which has seen 48,000 wheelie bins delivered to properties across the district in recent weeks, has led to an increase in calls to the authority’s helpline.
Nathan Wilsher told the Harrogate Advertiser: “There is a massive pile of bags lying outside my house.
“My son Charlie is three-years-old, and I am worried about him being near it.
“There are flies coming into the house, I just want the council to do their job.”
Nathan’s neighbour Simon MacLean said: “The bins were last collected three weeks ago. My bin is full to the brim.
“We need information as to where the bins get collected from.”
Julie Godbold of Russell Street said: “It is absolutely ridiculous. They came on July 29 and emptied all the bags except those outside Nathan’s house.
“Several people have phoned up, you can see the mess the street is in, they will attract rats soon.
“Something has to be done about it.”
Susan Garnett said: “The bins have been lying out for a long time now.
“Next door had maggots in the bins, I feel very sorry for her.
“We don’t expect this in Harrogate.”
Simon Johnson, Head of Environment at Harrogate Borough Council said: “We have implemented the new waste collection service to all 67,000 properties for which it was planned now. That is the scale of change.
“As we implement on that scale, there are going to be some bedding in and teething problems.
“We are getting a lot of calls because it is a big change.
“We have had an increase in the number of people calling the council, as you do every time you make a big change like this.”
He continued: “I would ask people to make sure they are using the service correctly, such as using the recycling service as well as they can.
“One or two people are taking a bit of time to get to know how the service works.”
“We will have further discussions with Russell Street residents about how to manage their waste.”
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