Wheelie bin plea 'will fall on deaf ears', claims Jon
A NEWQUAY resident says he fears his plea to the town council for wheelie bins to be distributed in the resort will "fall on deaf ears".
Jon Goodman is calling on Cornwall Council to buy the bins for residents who need them, and where the location is feasible.
Townsfolk say they are fed-up with seagulls attacking their rubbish and spreading litter around their town, and wheelie bins are the answer.
Mr Goodman asked Newquay Town Council if it would support the proposal to have wheelie bins distributed in the town at its full meeting on Wednesday.
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However, his vision was questioned by several town councillors who said it would not be feasible for every household to have one and that protecting waste bags was the responsibility of the individual householder.
Mr Goodman said after the meeting: "I think it will fall on deaf ears.
"I'm not asking for every single house to have a wheelie bin; I'm asking for people who can to be able to have one."
A campaign page has been set up on social networking site Facebook and Mr Goodman has collected more than 300 signatures on a petition.
Councillor Carl Leadbetter told the meeting it was an individual's responsibility to manage their own waste.
"I'm prepared to speak personally on this matter," he said. "I don't know why we're getting hung up by wheelie bins.
"If you were to ask me if residents should have bins, I would say yes. Do I think I should pay for someone else's as a taxpayer? No.
"If people are that concerned about seagulls spreading waste on their street I believe it is their personal responsibility."
He said a special seagull- proof bag could be bought for £3.50 from the council.
Councillor Joanna Kenny said: "We cannot answer for the council; I can only express personal opinion.
"The decision was taken a few years ago that residents were responsible for their own waste.
"There are lots of houses that have steps. They cannot use wheelie bins.
"I, like everyone else here, am responsible for my own bins."
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council's Cabinet member for homes and communities, said in a statement on the unitary authority's website that it would not be "financially possible" to redraft the waste disposal contract to provide every property with a wheelie bin without having an impact on funding which was needed elsewhere for frontline services, as the cost of supplying wheelie bins to some 226,000 homes in the county would be considerable.
Councillors decided to refer the item to the footpaths and bridleways committee, which could then explore any possible options and find out whether any grant funding was available.