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Former Mayor of Bath says council treating residents like ‘spoilt children’ over wheelie bins and bin bagsRoger Symonds has been told he must have a 140L gull proof bag for his rubbish14:47, 30 AUG 2017Updated16:53, 30 AUG 2017Roger Symonds and his partner only produce one small bag of non recyclable rubbish each week (Image: Artur Lesniak) Get Daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA former Bath mayor who threatened to return a council wheelie bin in protest at its “crazy” plan for rubbish collections has now been told he must accept an oversize gull proof bag he doesn’t want.Roger Symonds, who was mayor of the city in 2004, was among thousands of residents who felt a black plastic wheelie bin was being forced upon him when he was told he was getting one earlier this year.He threatened to dump the 140L bin at the steps of the Guildhall after Bath and North East Somerset Council announced its plans to deliver about 60,000 of them to households across the district ahead of changes to rubbish collections being introduced in November.Now Mr Symonds, who lives in Combe Down, is battling with the council over the size of the gull proof bag they have told him he can have instead.Read MoreFury over compulsory wheelie binsThe council wrote to Mr Symonds advising they would deliver a 140L rubbish bag to his house for non recyclable rubbish.Mr Symonds responded by emailing the council’s Waste Services department asking for a 70L bag instead saying: “I would prefer a smaller reuseable bag. 140L is much too big. Thank you.”But he was told by a council officer that he had to have the larger bag because: “It does not take up a great deal more room than the 70L bags, which are specifically for where weekly collections are being carried out.Former Mayor of Bath will ‘give back’ wheelie bin to protest ‘crazy’ new rubbish collections”Once the service starts, where residents can’t manage the 140L reusable rubbish bag, then they can take it to a One Stop Shop and replace it for a 70L bag,” the officer wrote.”You’ll appreciate that we do need to take a consistent approach across the board and this is what has been decided.”(Image: Artur Lesniak)But Mr Symonds replied saying that he did not want to waste his time switching his bin bag to save the council the bother of delivering the right one in the first place.He wrote: “I know now that I want a 70litre bag, so does it not make sense to deliver this in the first place? Or will you continue to treat residents like spoilt children who should be ‘seen and not heard’?Everything you need to know about the new rules to rubbish collection in Bath”You and the council are treating residents as though they are unable to think for themselves.”A spokeswoman for the council referred the Bath Chronicle to a comment made by councillor Martin Veale (Conservatives, Bathavon North) when he was still cabinet member of community services..

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