COUNCIL officials were today branded petty and ridiculous after confiscating a woman’s wheelie bin.
Fylde Council visited Jane Pugh’s bin no fewer than FIVE times to check its whereabouts – then repossessed it when they found it out of place.
The mum-of-one, who lives on Buckingham Road, Ansdell, has fallen foul of a council rule banning bins from alleyways, despite her grassy garden meaning the only place she can hygienically store her regulation wheelie bin is in a small ginnel directly behind her home.
And while council bosses agreed to that arrangement, when eagle-eyed officers spotted the bin in the main alley three times – a few feet from where it should be – they pounced.
They are now demanding £30 to reunite Ms Pugh with her wheelie bin.
She said: “For some utterly bizarre reason Fylde Council has been making frequent visits to my alley to check on the progress of my wheelie bin.
“I have to pay £30 to get my bin back, and moving forward what am I supposed to do?
“The wheelie bin had merely moved a few feet, not as one would imagine, several miles. I’m a busy single mum and I’ve got enough to do without frequently having to go into the back alley and check my bin’s ok. Am I supposed to go out every day to make sure no-one has moved my bin?”
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