A grandmother has been ordered to rip up shrubs and flowers in her front garden - to make room for new wheelie bins.And she’s not a council house tenant.
She may own her own home, but the council are determined to tell her what she should do with it regardless.
The medical secretary bought her two-bed terraced house 22 years ago and has since planted an array of conifers, lavender bushes and roses to brighten up the property.The same argument rages in my local paper pretty much every week. Some houses are simply not equipped to take these bins.
She said: 'My garden is only small but that makes it all the more precious. I spend all my time outside and have spent years getting those shrubs how I want them.
'I appreciate that we do need to recycle and that landfill prices are being hiked up but to issue us with these bins is completely absurd.
'They are a nightmare and nobody likes them. In the recent storms they were blown about all over the place.'
But that doesn’t suit the council’s ‘one size fits all, we’ll tell you what you need’ attitude.
Councillor Tony Hall, chairman of Harlow Council's Environment and Community Committee, suggested Sandra try wheeling the bins through her house.Well, yes. What a great solution! Who wouldn’t want to wheel a stinking rubbish bin through their living space?
I wonder if Harlow council is one of the ones that will be raising its council tax levels by 3%? As Quiet Man points out, the Mayor of Doncaster is having none of this. Where would you rather live?
Or more to the point, who would you rather elect?
But Tony isn’t finished showing us his empathetic side:
He said: 'It might be an option. I don't know the house but I wheel my bike through my house. Some people are obviously trying to make an issue out of this.I don’t know the size of your anus, Tony, but I’m sure there is room for a wheelie bin up there. Someone ought to find out...
'I don't know the size of her front garden but I am sure somewhere there is room for bins.'