Support Grows For Bedford Park Anti-Wheelie Bin Campaign
Nearly 100 residents opposed to the bins have written to Ealing Council
Nearly 100 Bedford Park residents have written to Ealing Council in protest at the imposition of wheelie bins, after a request from the Bedford Park Society .
The Society sent a letter to every household in the Ealing half of the Bedford Park conservation area urging them to ask councillors and officers to think again about the impact that this will have. The letter pointed out that “many households will have no practical alternative to keeping these large, ugly bins in their front garden, which will damage the appearance of their home and the area in general”
According to Nicholas Bueno de Mesquita, the Society's Hon Secretary, many non-members of the Society responded to his call for action, sending him copies of their e-mails. “This shows the support that the Bedford Park Society enjoys in the community among residents,” he commented.
The Society recently ran a successful campaign to persuade Hounslow Council (which covers the other half of Bedford Park) to halt the roll-out of wheeled bins in areas unsuitable for the system, with the potential option to continue with black sacks.
The Chairman of the Bedford Park Society, Peter Eversden, commented: “Bedford Park residents are good at recycling, so black sack waste is put out by most households only once a month. Large volume wheeled bins with weekly or bi-weekly collections are unnecessary in the conservation area.”
The local Liberal Democrats had also set up a petition which was signed by many local people in Bedford Park.
Nicholas Bueno de Mesquita added: “Despite Ealing Council ’ s decision to approve wheelie bins we will continue to make representations and are working with other Ealing conservation areas to lobby for a more flexible view. ”
The Bedford Park Society, which has some 500 members, monitors planning applications in both boroughs with the aim of conserving the neighbourhood ’s buildings and green spaces and protecting them from inappropriate development.
More information is available on www.bedfordpark.org.uk
July 17, 2015