Is Friars Avenue Bangor's messiest street?


Lindsey Redhead

PEOPLE are watching their step on a street in Bangor that is covered in household waste.
Friars Avenue, situated at the end of the High Street, is littered with waste blown from residents’ rubbish bins and recycling boxes.
Residents have expressed concerns that seagulls and cats are also contributing to the problem, by tearing open bin bags when bins are put out for collection.

Gwynedd Council Street Clean worker Keith Bingham said: “This is one of the worst streets in Bangor. There is a problem with the recycling boxes, every box should have a lid.”

Friars Anvenue resident Mark Allen, said: “It is grotesque. The rubbish makes the street look dirty but who is responsible?
" Yes, it is our rubbish but its windy and it gets cast around the street.

“We can’t control it and when it is in the public domain how can we tell one person’s rubbish from another? Is it not then the council’s responsibility.”

Hirael councillor Dewi Williams said that other streets, such as Ambrose Street, are experiencing similar problems.
He said: “The problem needs to be address between the council and residents about when they put their rubbish out.”

A Gwynedd Council spokesperson said: “We are aware that spilt rubbish on the street on Friars Avenue, Bangor is causing problem and will be working with residents to deal with these concerns.

“Gwynedd Council’s recycling team will be visiting the area next week, to raise awareness, share information and provide residents with nets and lids for their blue boxes.”

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