Residents hitting out over rubbish odours

Syd Hall at Scholes with the flats in the background
Syd Hall at Scholes with the flats in the background

HIGH rise residents claim their stinking bins are a health risk.

They are calling for more frequent collections after claims that the recent hot spell made life intolerable because of the pong ..and the fear that they could cause infection.

Tenants and leaseholders in the 40-year-old Scholes flats drop their domestic rubbish down chutes where it is collected in six giant communal bins.

But campaigning pensioner Syd Hall, who lives on the third floor of Crompton House, claims that in his quarter of a century there he has never known the chutes to be cleaned.

He is also concerned that changes to the collection service due to council cost cutting have led to a dramatic increase in odours.

Mr Hall said: “The bins used to be emptied every other day – there are six bins that service the 102 apartments in each block.

“But now it is twice in seven days and that just isn’t enough. During the hot weather recently it was making me feel physically sick, the smell was so bad.

“I have lived here 25 years and these chutes have never to my mind been flushed out with water or disinfectant so no wonder that they smell so bad.

“I am very concerned that it is becoming a health hazard and we want something doing about it. As a leaseholder I am paying for a service that I am just not getting.”

Wigan Council’s Interim Waste Collection Manager Philippa Hurst said: “We are aware of the issue at the flats and are currently investigating.

“Waste is collected twice a week from these flats and we are looking at whether this needs to be increased. We are also working with Wigan and Leigh Housing to see if the collection days need to be changed. However we would remind residents that they are responsible for their own waste and would urge everyone to ensure that their bins are not overflowing. This could cause spill ages which in turn could lead to problems with the smell.

“We would ask all residents to consider what they are throwing away and whether it could be recycled and to squash waste where possible, so it takes up less space in the bins.”

Wigan and Leigh Housing Chief Executive Ashley Crumbley said: “Caretakers visit the bin stores daily. Yesterday a manager also called to check on the quality of service and found the bin areas were clean and tidy. We also liaise closely with the council’s bin collection service. I am sorry to hear about the complaint and I have asked my colleagues to contact Syd Hall to look into the issue.”