Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham, has contacted Durham County Council and Durham University to once again raise the issue of waste bins in Durham City.
Along with local residents, Roberta has regularly raised the issue of waste overflowing from bins in the city centre, and often sprawling across pavements and streets. Roberta has contacted Durham University as a significant number of properties across the city are in use as Houses of Multiple Occupation by students, and has called on Durham County Council to work with the University to tackle this problem.
“Having waste bins overflowing anywhere is simply unacceptable, and I have asked Durham County Council what steps can be taken to ensure this issue is dealt with. Not only is this extremely unsightly, but this waste is often left in the street for days before collection, and it creates an environmental health hazard for residents of the city.
I have contacted Durham University about this issue as well, as the number of student HMOs throughout Durham can exacerbate this problem, simply due to the number of occupants in these properties. I feel that the University also has some role to play in ensuring that our city is kept clean and tidy, and remains an attractive and safe place to live.
I look forward to hearing from both the local authority and the University in due course about what action can be taken to eradicate this problem.”