Council blunder sees Stoke bin installed seven-feet in the air
BLUNDERING council staff have been forced to remove this bin – after installing it around seven-feet in the air.
It meant only beanpoles like Stoke City striker Peter Crouch could comfortably use the bin attached to a post in Stoke.
Now Stoke-on-Trent City Council has removed it – less than 24-hours after it was installed.
Peter Price, the council's assistant director for technical services, said: "Clearly a daft mistake has been made.
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"It's been put right and we'll make sure it doesn't happen again."
Traders could not believe their eyes when the bin was attached to a bus stop sign outside West End Village, in London Road, on Wednesday afternoon.
Gary Challinor, aged 45, of Constance Avenue, Trentham, who works at camera repair centre, H Lehmann, opposite the bus stop, said: "At first when we saw how high up the bin was we thought it was a joke.
"I had to check to make sure it wasn't April Fools' Day. We thought the bin would be moved further down the post eventually, but it just stayed there.
"One of my colleagues even asked the guy installing it, 'are we going to need a basketball player to chuck our rubbish away for us?'"
Gary lodged a complaint with the council's environmental health department over the height of the bin after seeing pedestrians struggling to dispose of their rubbish.
He added: "I just can't believe they would put it up that high, the mouth of the bin is probably seven-feet in the air.
"That's out of reach for a lot of people.
"It's funny except that a couple of people have bumped their head on it standing near the bus stop. "It's a huge blunder, it can't stay like that because it is useless."
Mum Jenny Stone, aged 39, was walking to the Post Office with her son Cody, aged three, from their home in Lime Street when they saw the bin.
She said: "I couldn't believe it. I'm only 5ft 3in tall and you really have to get on your tip toes to chuck your rubbish away in this bin.
"Kids don't have a chance."
Kim Jones, aged 35, of Brocksford Street, Fenton, said: "It was a really strange sight.
"I'm 5ft 2in tall and I could barely reach the bin.
"I understand why the council might want to install a bin near a bus stop, but this seems a bit daft to me.
"Hopefully they will move it down so people don't have to jump up to put their litter in."