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Bins used to reserve parking in road

Reported anonymously at 10:55, Fri 17 May 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council 5 minutes later

Number 22 and number 24 Worcester Drive currently have their wheelie bins placed on the road to reserve parking.

This is not only dangerous for drivers, or parked vehicles if there is wind, but also against your rules.

I have reported this to the police online and an officer called me. She advised me this is a civil matter and the police can do no more than turn up each day to move them back to the path, which they do not have the manpower to do. They advised they would only be involved once the bins cause damage to a vehicle or other property. But this is madness! Let's prevent this before a problem happens.

The police officer told me this is the council's responsibility to contact the residents as they are contravening the council's rules within section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990.

Legally the police cannot prosecute, but the council can enforce their rules.

Please, can you make contact with all residents in the form of a leaflet, letter, knock on the door, etc?

This is a growing problem. All resident from number 22 to 30 reserve parking with wheelie bin in the road.

I repeat, this is not the responsibility of the police and it IS the responsibility of the council. Please don't make me have to write to my MP because you've closed this twice and tried to transfer the responsibility incorrectly. Please help the rest of the residents of Worcester Drive!

Council ref: ENQ19833368

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:00, Fri 17 May 2019

  • Thank you fro this report but it is not the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council. I have spoken to the Traffic Team and they advised that the Police can enforce if they wish to do so under Section 22 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 – it is an offence to obstruct the public highway. You have quoted section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (the “ EPA ”) under this section a waste collection authority may by notice require occupiers of premises to present their household waste for collection in a specified way. As we are not the waste collection authority I can only suggest speaking to South Oxfordshire District Council as they perform this function in this area, they may be better able to advise/assist you. The contact number from their website is 03000 610610. This report is now closed.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:24, Tue 4 June 2019

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