A KIRKCALDY shop owner who kicked up a stink over three large bins being placed outside her premises says the problem is getting worse – because they are attracting even more rubbish.
In May this year, Evelyn Stoker, who owns Senses Awaken at the east end of High Street, complained the bins were smelly, unsightly and attracted wasps and flies, and were deterring customers from visiting her shop.
The Council insisted the large bins were needed to allow residents in domestic properties to dispose of their waste without leaving it on the street in bin bags, which were raided by seagulls and other animals, leaving a large amount of waste in the area.
But Evelyn insists the bins – which are placed in a parking bay directly outside her shop window – haven’t solved the problem as they are regularly overflowing and are used by others, who dump their rubbish there too, creating an even bigger mess.
She said: “The problem is worse than ever, but I honestly can’t see the Council batting an eyelid.
“They don’t see the mess and they certainly don’t ever smell the stench that is caused by the bins.
“I even told the guys that patrol the streets in their fluorescent vests that there is shop waste being dump in the bins too, but they do nothing about it.”
She continued: “There are other flats in the High Street, but you don’t see bins outside the big stores in the pedestrianised area. It’s one rule for them, and another for me.
“The bins could be placed a few yards away in a lane beside the old cinema but they won’t even do that. They’re driving business away from my shop.”
Martin Kingham, Fife Council service manager for waste collection, said: “These bins are essential as they have solved the serious problems we had of waste sacks being burst open by seagulls and causing litter to be strewn across the High Street.
“Unfortunately we have had some problems with the bins being filled too quickly and we have now doubled the frequency that we empty them.
“We will also fit new lids to prevent anything other than bagged household rubbish being placed in the bins.”