Resident sees red over 'green' banks
PUBLISHED: 09:55 23 January 2013
Recycling skips in the middle of Axminster are branded an unnecessary eyesore
Recycling banks in the centre of Axminster have been branded a blot on the landscape.
The giants skips in Coombe Lane car park are an unnecessary eyesore, says local resident Val Cooper.
Speaking during the public forum of the town council, last week, she said the often overflowing bottle and paper banks were no longer needed, with every house now able to put out recyclable waste for weekly collection.
“It is very sad because it spoils the middle of the town,” she said.
“And I am getting too old to pick it up (the overspill).
Mrs Cooper, who lives near the banks in Coombefield Lane, added: “People who use these skips now come in big cars or lorries. We don’t need them and It looks shocking, so please move them from our lovely town.
“Can you not find somewhere else – perhaps one of the trading estates?”
Cllr Sue Spiller said the banks – provided by East Devon District Council - were placed in the car park entrance because they were easily accessible.
Mayor Andrew Moulding said they have been there a long time – before the houses and the market were there.
“We could request they look at a different site now it is a residential area, but they are obviously used,” he said.
Cllr Douglas Hull said: “It is commercial firms going there and using them, not private people. I have asked if they could find somewhere else and they looked around but could not find anywhere.”
Deputy mayor Jeremy Walden suggested approaching Tesco to ask if it was possible to relocate the banks to their car park.
“They would get good PR and we would get the spaces in Coombe Lane car park,” he said.
Members agreed to ask East Devon District Council to approach Tesco.