Dustbin lorry gets stuck in notoriously narrow Cirencester street

Dustbin lorry gets stuck in notoriously narrow Cirencester street

Dustbin lorry gets stuck in notoriously narrow Cirencester street

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POLICE were called to a narrow Cirencester street last week when an awkwardly parked car caused a dustbin lorry to get stuck while out on its rounds.

The Ubico truck was unable to make its way through Mount Street on Thursday, April 3 due to a black Ford Mondeo, owned by a local man, being parked half-on and half-off the pavement.

Concerned residents phoned Gloucestershire Police at 8.50am to alert them that the road was now blocked.

Officers then contacted the driver of the lorry to see if he was in need of assistance before arriving at the street after being contacted a second time.

Drivers of the lorry were forced to reverse the vehicle into Chesterton Lane in order to get out the street.

A Mount Street resident, who did not want to be named, told the Standard that incidents like this are becoming more common.

“People are always parking badly and blocking the pavements and the roads. It’s becoming very difficult for dustbin lorries and delivery lorries to get down the road,” she said.

The resident suggested that double-yellow lines or a parking permit scheme could help ease the congestion.

A spokesman for Ubico Ltd, which collects waste across Cirencester on behalf of Cotswold District Council, said the road “poses difficulties” for its vehicles.

“Cars parked inconsiderately can still cause problems and this was the case today. We will continue to review this issue to seek further improvements,” the spokesman said.

The Standard was in Mount Street earlier this week as the dustbin lorry made its weekly visit to the problem area.

“We have to use one of the smaller lorries when we come down here,” said a Ubico worker, who did not want to be identified.

“If we brought one of the bigger ones down here, it would definitely get stuck because the amount of cars parked here.”

Antony Raj, who works at Mounties Convenience Store in Mount Street, said the issue is one that is often raised by customers.

“A lot of people do come in to the shop and moan about the parking on the street. It causes them a lot of problems, some people leave their cars in the road for days,” he said.

Anyone concerned about waste collection in their area should contact Ubico on 0300 300 900.

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8:13am Sat 19 Apr 14

Vectamart says...

It's high time that the police took action against people who persist in parking so as to obstruct a pavement. Every time I visit Cirencester, I observe large numbers of cars parked on the pavement in the vicinity of th Drillman's Arms on the Gloucester Road. It is sometimes virtually impossible for pedestrians to pass these vehicles without stepping out onto the busy road. Furthermore, it seems no consideration is given to blind or partially sighted individuals.

In the case of the Mount Street incident, one wonders what would have happened if a fire engine needed to gain access. Lives could be put at risk entirely due to the selfish parking by some motorists.
It's high time that the police took action against people who persist in parking so as to obstruct a pavement. Every time I visit Cirencester, I observe large numbers of cars parked on the pavement in the vicinity of th Drillman's Arms on the Gloucester Road. It is sometimes virtually impossible for pedestrians to pass these vehicles without stepping out onto the busy road. Furthermore, it seems no consideration is given to blind or partially sighted individuals. In the case of the Mount Street incident, one wonders what would have happened if a fire engine needed to gain access. Lives could be put at risk entirely due to the selfish parking by some motorists. Vectamart
  • Score: 9

9:04am Sat 19 Apr 14

Olly Cromwell says...

It is a knock-on from punitive Tory car parking charges in Cirencester.

People will park anywhere else to avoid them.
It is a knock-on from punitive Tory car parking charges in Cirencester. People will park anywhere else to avoid them. Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 4

10:20am Sat 19 Apr 14

mr fleas says...

The problem is pandemic. It's the 21st Century coping with pre-19th Century planning - or lack of. No one then could have envisioned the amount of road vehicles in private hands, nor the amount of household waste produced weekly, nor the idea of mass recycling. Short of knocking the lot down and starting again the only thing to do is to muddle along as best we can.

Maybe an even smaller vehicle to collect rubbish specifically for those narrow roads only. Maybe parking restrictions, say on one side of the street only, on collection day. It might only need a bit more cooperation and thoughtfulness.
The problem is pandemic. It's the 21st Century coping with pre-19th Century planning - or lack of. No one then could have envisioned the amount of road vehicles in private hands, nor the amount of household waste produced weekly, nor the idea of mass recycling. Short of knocking the lot down and starting again the only thing to do is to muddle along as best we can. Maybe an even smaller vehicle to collect rubbish specifically for those narrow roads only. Maybe parking restrictions, say on one side of the street only, on collection day. It might only need a bit more cooperation and thoughtfulness. mr fleas
  • Score: 7

10:33am Sat 19 Apr 14

MR DOBBY says...

MAYBE THE POLICE SHOULD DO THERE JOB AND TICKET THE CARS.
SORRY WE HAVE NOT GOT ANY POLICE IN CIRENCESTER.
MAYBE THE POLICE SHOULD DO THERE JOB AND TICKET THE CARS. SORRY WE HAVE NOT GOT ANY POLICE IN CIRENCESTER. MR DOBBY
  • Score: 1

12:26pm Sat 19 Apr 14

AllyAb says...

People would be complaining if the police were busy ticketing cars while other crimes are being committed around the town!!! Surely the job of ticketing cars is down to traffic wardens/parking enforcement officers!! But be harsh about it!! First time of illegal parking - give them a ticket, second time - tow it and fine them to get it back, third time - scrap it!!! That way even the most stupid or inconsiderate would eventually learn to think of others when they park !!!!
People would be complaining if the police were busy ticketing cars while other crimes are being committed around the town!!! Surely the job of ticketing cars is down to traffic wardens/parking enforcement officers!! But be harsh about it!! First time of illegal parking - give them a ticket, second time - tow it and fine them to get it back, third time - scrap it!!! That way even the most stupid or inconsiderate would eventually learn to think of others when they park !!!! AllyAb
  • Score: 1

3:36pm Sat 19 Apr 14

MR DOBBY says...

TRAFFIC WARDENS DO NOT KNOW THERE WAY OUT OF THE TOWN CENTRE, IF THEY COME TO CHESTERTON THEY WILL GET LOST.
TRAFFIC WARDENS DO NOT KNOW THERE WAY OUT OF THE TOWN CENTRE, IF THEY COME TO CHESTERTON THEY WILL GET LOST. MR DOBBY
  • Score: 0

7:41pm Sun 20 Apr 14

walterparkgate says...

Maybe Ubico need to employ a Rocket Scientist to advise which vehicles should use which routes, maybe not...
Maybe Ubico need to employ a Rocket Scientist to advise which vehicles should use which routes, maybe not... walterparkgate
  • Score: -1

9:52pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Col Mustard says...

Why is CDC using a refuse contractor firm that has its vehicles sponsored by Grant the thief CEO of Cotswold Water Parks who nicked £660,000 !
Is this yet another dodgy deal ? I think we should be told.......
Why is CDC using a refuse contractor firm that has its vehicles sponsored by Grant the thief CEO of Cotswold Water Parks who nicked £660,000 ! Is this yet another dodgy deal ? I think we should be told....... Col Mustard
  • Score: 1

7:15pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Union Man says...

The Dennis Logo, very funny, no they are names in honour of Jorge Ubico a famed dictator, despot and roll model for the Park street politbureau.
The Dennis Logo, very funny, no they are names in honour of Jorge Ubico a famed dictator, despot and roll model for the Park street politbureau. Union Man
  • Score: -1

3:33pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ciren34 says...

The police have been called to Mount Street several times due to RAU students thoughtlessly dumping their cars all over the pavement blocking peoples' gates and drives. They move them on and then the next day the cars are back again. In the case of the dustbin lorry the police were called twice but didn't bother to turn up. A while ago a fire engine was called to the street only to find it couldn't get down the street.
The police have been called to Mount Street several times due to RAU students thoughtlessly dumping their cars all over the pavement blocking peoples' gates and drives. They move them on and then the next day the cars are back again. In the case of the dustbin lorry the police were called twice but didn't bother to turn up. A while ago a fire engine was called to the street only to find it couldn't get down the street. ciren34
  • Score: 2

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