Parking is rubbish: Locals claim removal vans are ‘blocking’ Dundee recycling banks

Joan Chalmers of Broughty Ferry community council beside one of the bins.
Joan Chalmers of Broughty Ferry community council beside one of the bins.

Residents in Broughty Ferry are being stopped from recycling glass at a council “bring site” due to removal vans blocking the entrance, a community council member has claimed.

Stan Nutt, licensing secretary for the community council, said “something had to be done” about the issue with vans owned by Ferry-based firm Harridge Removals.

The site is on the south side of Dundee Road, directly opposite Bayfield Road.

Although the vans are parked legally, motorists are having to double park to use the facility.

Mr Nutt said: “You cannot get in there to put bottles in. You have to double park, which means you are sitting out. Something has to be done.

“It is a health and safety problem because, if you come out over that bit, there is traffic that moves fairly fast along the road, and if you’ve got people double parked, it’s a problem.”

Joan Chalmers, community council minute secretary, said: “If you are walking, you have got the problem of the traffic being quite heavy. You are trying to look three ways. You can’t see properly because of these vans.”

Ferry councillor Derek Scott said: “The council’s road engineers have reviewed this site many times and consulted with Police Scotland and they tell me there are no road safety issues. However, the provision of a council glass recycling bin there has brought additional concerns about its accessibility and safe use.

“I intend to ask for a site meeting with representatives from the community council, the roads department and the recycling team to see what can be done to resolve this matter.”

James Patterson, manager at Harridge Removals, said: “The vans are legally parked and are not interfering with anybody. They are moved daily.’’

Councillor Kevin Cordell, neighbourhood services convener, said: “Officers are happy to listen to community feedback when considering where the most appropriate sites may be.”