Bin Action Group officially launch legal proceedings

Fundraisers at Bow Street
Fundraisers at Bow Street

The campaign against the introduction of monthly bin collections in the Banbridge area has stepped up a gear after protestors engaged a solicitor, who wrote to Banbridge District Council’s Chief Clerk informing him of their intention to seek a judicial review of the decision.

In the letter, the solicitor for the ‘Bin Action Group’ said the group were appealing the decision to reduce bin collections in the area from fortnightly to four weekly.

“The Applicant contends that Banbridge District Council have not engaged in a proper consultation process with rate payers in the District,” he said.

“The extension of the collection cycle will potentially have an adverse effect on the applicant’s health and wellbeing due to the delay in collecting the applicants black bin and the Applicant states that this restriction in the black bin collection service will have an adverse effect on family life.

“Banbridge District Council should be aware of clear opposition to the proposal. It is obvious therefore that the District Council has ignored the views of ratepayers and has failed to engage in any meaningful discussion and consultation prior to this decision being made.”

The letter also listed a number of reasons why the group reserved the right to seek a judicial review of the council’s decision and requested a response from the council within fourteen days.

“The Applicant now requires Banbridge District Council to respond within fourteen days of the date of this letter to advise that they intend to reverse the decision to switch to a four weekly collection, or, they are willing to formally review this decision and engage in a full and proper consultation process,” continued the group’s solicitor.

“If Banbridge District Council fails to provide either of the required responses within the time limited stipulated, then the Applicant may issue judicial review proceedings without further notice.”