Vehicle owners who continuously obstruct Boston borough council’s waste collection vehicles could face criminal proceedings, the local authority has warned.
Registration numbers are being recorded of residents who repeatedly leave their vehicles ‘inconsiderately parked’ so that the lorries cannot pass, under a new initiative launched by the council.
Residents whose vehicles are recorded as having prevented a collection vehicle from passing will receive a Community Protection Notice Warning and then a Community Protection Notice requiring them to desist, the council has said.
The council is able to determine the registered owner of a vehicle from its registration number, it has claimed. Failure to respond to the notice is a criminal offence which can be punishable with a fine of up to £2,500, according to the local authority.
George Bernard, the council’s head of environmental operations, said: “The council has been massively patient over this issue, but we have now reached the point where, to be fair to innocent affected parties, we need to take more strident action. We are now seeking a solution by using powers available to us under Section 43 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.”
Mr Bernard added that there are certain roads within the borough where collection vehicles have repeatedly been unable to pass due to poor parking by residents.
He said: “This has impacted household waste, recycled material and garden waste. It is hugely frustrating for us and for residents when waste is not collected, and wastefully expensive when we have to repeatedly return to attempt to collect it.
“We have left notes on the vehicles and sent letters to all properties. We have even published registration numbers on social media in order to get drivers to move their vehicles. Despite this some of the vehicles which have blocked access have been the same vehicles on different weeks.
“Our refuse freighters appear around the same time on the same days, so we are asking residents to park considerately when they know the bin lorries are expected.”
“By not letting the lorries pass they inconvenience themselves and their neighbours. Time constraints and other considerations, such as other residents’ expectations, the safety of our own crews and that of other road users, means we cannot wheel each bin from one end of the street to the other, or even into a neighbouring street, to the lorry and return them to properties when the lorry cannot collect from the kerbside.”