Just when you thought Birmingham’s wheelie bin debate couldn’t become more surreal, it has.
Recently, cabinet member James McKay claimed that families in Brandwood and Harborne were so desperate to get rid of nasty old plastic rubbish sacks that they were shocked to discover that their properties were unsuitable for wheelie bins.
Some people, who had been ‘red carded’ by the council’s fearsome health and safety police, were even appealing against the decision in the hope that they might after all be allowed to take part in Birmingham’s refuse revolution, Cllr McKay claimed.
Imagine the awful scene as Labour supporters in Harborne sit around the kitchen table for supper.
“We just can’t wait to get our wheelie bins delivered next month. When do you get yours?”
Cue shuffling of feet and contemplating of navels.
“We’ve been refused. Just cannot believe it. We’ll appeal, of course.”
It’s wise to steer away from wheelie bin conversation over supper, I always feel.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the council’s ever inventive media officers have issued a press release entitled: “Why we love our wheelie bins.”
The missive highlights the “positive experiences” of people using bins.