Relief for residents after council agrees to send in bin lorry

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Residents of Sally Gardens in Glengormley have welcomed a council decision to restart refuse collections in their street.

Bin lifts were put on hold for four weeks amid concerns about overhanging branches and the narrow access for bin lorries.

“The council’s refuse vehicles were unable to access the laneway due to a health and safety issue. Overhanging branches reduced visibility so vehicles were unable to reverse down the laneway safely,” a council spokesperson explained.

However, following complaints from residents, some of whom were having to take rubbish to Bruslee in their own cars, the council sent in refuse collection staff on Friday, November 1 to empty bins.

One local woman contacted the Times to say that residents were delighted that the council had finally responded to their concerns.

At their Environment Committee meeting on Monday evening (November 4), councillors were informed that so far staff have been unable to trace the landowner concerned in order to deal with the overhanging branches.

Responding to a request for an update on the situation from Cllr Phillip Brett, officers confirmed that bins had been collected, but stressed that efforts are still ongoing in a bid to find a resolution to the current situation.