Cry out for more street bins
THE ‘grotty’ state of the main street of Grafton has retailers disgusted and they are crying out for action by Clarence Valley Council.
Vice-president of the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and Low Pressure Surf Co owner, Noel Smith, has been providing a bin out the front of his store since the disposal units were removed from Prince Street.
The service has left him with a bill – the council charges for the removal of rubbish from the bin.
“The lack of bins makes the street look grubby but who can blame the people for leaving it lying around when there is nowhere for them to put their rubbish,” Mr Smith said.
“Cleaning in general is not as good as it used to be and after a little bit of rain the rubbish goes straight down the drains.
“To my knowledge, when the council and Roads and Traffic Authority did their works on the street, the bins were removed and not put back in.”
Council has responded by assuring retailers and the community that bins are on the way.
“We are hoping to have them in place towards the end of February,” deputy manager Des Schroder said.
Ten sets, each containing a red bin and recycling bin, will be placed around Prince Street, costing council more than $30,000.
The bins will have fire-proof and vandal-resilient covers to ensure they stand the test of time.
Mr Schroder said the council was doing everything it could to keep the streets clean, with a street sweeper cleaning the main stretch on a daily basis, a paper pick-up twice a week and a footpath sweep three days a week.