Nottinghamshire pensioner laments 'complete disgrace' overgrowth blocking bin access

Jim Morgan, 84, stands in front of the overgrown bushes behind his home in Netherfield
-Credit: (Image: Nottingham Post/ Joel Moore)

A Nottinghamshire pensioner has labelled overgrowth round the back of his house a "complete disgrace" due to difficulties with his bin collection. Jim Morgan, an 84-year-old who struggles with his mobility, says vegetation at the back of his house in Beech Avenue, Netherfield, means bin collection workers cannot get to his property.

He currently relies on a neighbour to bring it round the front, something he is worried won't last forever. "I have a lot of things wrong with me so the hospitals don't want me running them out the front [like everyone else on the street]," he said.

"It's a complete disgrace. I've got COPD, things growing on my spine and that's only the beginning. The hospital notified the council about my condition and gave me special permission.

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"What am I going to do? Half the width of the path's gone. If them bins are full what do I do? I can't go out my front door and dump it on the ground."

Mr Morgan, who has lived at his house for 28 years, added: "They agreed to it in the beginning that's what riles you. Come and live my life and see how you like it. You only have to walk round and see it."

Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) said it understood Mr Morgan's concerns and said work to clear overhanging vegetation and weeds will take place next week. Further down the street, residents have experienced flooding due to blocked drains.

After spells of heavy rainfall, the water forms puddles most of the way down the road and surrounds parked cars, Brad McKnight said. "It dumps the stuff from the drains and drags it out when it's raining and leaves residue," said the 69-year-old.

Brad McKnight beside a puddle that has formed due to a blocked drain
Brad McKnight beside a puddle that has formed due to a blocked drain -Credit:Nottingham Post/ Joel Moore

"Residents have to move their cars. When you walk back it's outside your house, you bring it into your house.

"You don't know what's in there, what's been out down the drains." Mr McKnight said he had been reporting the issue to the county council for around two years but nothing had been done.

"Earlier this year it was out in the middle of the road and the other side, you had to paddle through it. [The council] don't seem to bothered."

A highways manager from NCC said the issue should be resolved next month. “Surface water flooding has been an issue at a number of locations in the county due to the record levels and intensity of rainfall we’ve received since last year," they said.

"The gullies on Beech Avenue are due to be cleaned as part of our routine cleansing programme at the end of June.”