Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Playing On 'Disability' Status...

A disabled Darwen family are disgusted that their wheelie bin hasn’t been collected for a month.
SHOCK!
Brian Peel, 44, who wears two hearing aids and is short-sighted, said his bin had been out in the alleyway awaiting collection from Blackburn Road since the end of last month.
He said: “I don’t know why it hasn’t been emptied. I put it out in the alleyway at the back of my house but it hasn’t been moved.
I pay my council tax and they should move it.
“I pay for the service and I expect to get what I pay for. The alleyway is a dead end and we’re near the end. My neighbours’ bins have been collected so I don’t know why we’re being overlooked.”
Commenters are quick to point out that, since Mr Peel doesn’t work (thanks to his ‘disability’, one presumes), he doesn’t actually pay for the service.

But what other disabilities are involved?
Mr Peel, lives with mum Lillian, 69, who suffers from a breathing problem known as COPD and finds it difficult to walk, and dad Tom, 75, who has had a stroke and needs kidney dialysis at Burnley Hospital three times a week. Mr Peel said he had complained numerous times to Blackburn with Darwen Council.
But the council aren’t taking it lying down:
Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for environment, Councillor Jim Smith said: “I am very sorry that Mr Peel’s bin was not collected.
“However, I must stress that residents must have their waste bins outside their property by 7am or there is a possibility that it will not be collected, as like in this case.
“However, if someone is physically unable to get their bin to the foot of the property, assistance is available upon request.
“Mr Peel’s bin, however, will be emptied at the next possible time.”
Now, I can see why Lillian & Tom might struggle to push a heavy full bin, but hearing loss and short-sightedness shouldn’t prevent Brian doing so, surely?

Unless he considers it ‘work’ of course…

7 comments:

Curmudgeon said...

I think this is six of one and half a dozen of the other - councils are notoriously arsey over people failing to comply with their very precise requirements about putting bins out at the right time, not overfilling them etc.

Fidel Cuntstruck said...

I'm sure he does consider putting the bin out as "work", and probably also considers that having to do so before 07:00 is an unreasonable demand - after all, there is probably only one 7 O'Clock in the day when you are "vulnerable"

What does this numpty expect? ... a DWP undercover agent to pop out from behind the end of the lane and cry "Ahh .. so you CAN work" as they take a snapshot of him trundling his bin along the lane.

Bucko The Moose said...

If it's not been collected for 'a month', chances are it's only one collection that has been missed as it's bi-weekly.

Bucko The Moose said...

Oops, no it's not. Burgundy bin is weekly. There's nowt in it though, according to the picture.

JuliaM said...

"...councils are notoriously arsey over people failing to comply with their very precise requirements about putting bins out at the right time, not overfilling them etc."

Yep, it's a 'can't they BOTH lose?' moment.

"...after all, there is probably only one 7 O'Clock in the day when you are "vulnerable""

Heh!

"There's nowt in it though, according to the picture."

He's probably posing with a stunt double bin!

Furor Teutonicus said...

XX as like in this case. XX

I am NOT trying to say that my English grammar is perfect. FAR from, BUT.....

"as like in this case.."????

"As in this case" would be more correct....or?

(Aye! Germans make mistakes as well (Myself included.... ask my boss), but....in Britain it is rapidly appearing to be a main stream hobby.)

Furor Teutonicus said...

XX a DWP undercover agent to pop out from behind the end of the lane and cry "Ahh .. so you CAN work" as they take a snapshot of him trundling his bin along the lane. XX

And, you would NOT put it past them?