An outraged disabled woman has not had her bins emptied for a month – because they were a few feet away from where they should be.
Ellen Dennett has become embroiled in a row with Liverpool City Council over the bins, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The 67-year-old, from Speke, is partially sighted, hard of hearing, has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and has been wheelchair bound since she was 17 years old.
She is unable to move the bins herself and relies on a friend and care workers to help.
Mrs Dennett needs two purple bins because she uses incontinence pads but the problem started when the bins were left unemptied because they were just a metre away from where they should be.
When she complained to the council she was told the refuse collectors would not take the bins because they should be closer to the kerb.
Her friend and carer Dennis Brown, 68, has taken some bin bags to a waste centre more than five miles away but the bins are again overflowing and Mrs Dennett is having to wait until today for the next collection.
Mrs Dennett, whose husband Frank is in a nursing home and her son stays with her a few nights a week, said: “The council are an absolute disgrace, I feel like I’ve been really let down.
“I’m in a wheelchair and unable to move the bins myself so my carers have to do it.
“My son’s girlfriend is no longer happy bringing their two year-old-child round to the house because there is nowhere for her to dispose of the nappies.
“I’m disgusted at them. Dennis has called them so many times and they have never got back to us.
“I’m worried to leave the house in case I miss a call from them.”
Mr Brown said he has previously requested Mrs Dennett be put on the disability register, so her bins would be collected from outside her door rather than on the path.
He said: “As it was the bins were only a metre away from where they were supposed to be.
“When I spoke to the council I was told to put the household rubbish in plastic bags in the back garden or ask the care workers to take the bins to a waste centre in their cars.
“This is obviously ridiculous. I’ve been taking excess rubbish myself, but it’s been difficult because I don’t drive and you can’t take them on the bus.”
A council spokesman said: “We’re in contact with Ms Bennett’s carer to discuss her circumstances and to prevent this situation happening again.”
But Mr Brown claimed that no-one had contacted him to resolve the issue.
Read the full article online: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/disabled-womans-bins-left-overflowing-6623049
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