RESIDENTS have been urged to park considerately in order not to block council bin wagons.

Wrexham Council's refuse crews have reported some new cases where they haven’t been able to access a street because parked cars were causing an access issue.

A council spokesman said: "Please consider how you park your car, especially on your collection day.

"We know it’s really important for all of us in Wrexham to get our bins emptied and have our recyclables collected on time, and for most of us this happens pretty smoothly.

"But if parked cars are preventing our crews from accessing your street, unfortunately they will have to leave without removing waste or recycling."

Cllr David A Bithell, lead member for environment and transport, said: “There are some recent instances where our vehicles haven’t been able to get to where they need to be, which has left some people disappointed as their bins and recycling haven’t been collected.

"It will only take one parked car or van to prevent us from collecting from an entire street, so we’re asking residents to please have a look at your street to check there’s enough room for our large vehicles to safely perform their duties.

"We collect from 64,000 households each week and it’s always disappointing when some miss out on their collections due to poor parking.”

Residents are being reminded that the wagons are heavy and wide, so drivers need to be certain they can safely travel down a street and manoeuvre without causing any damage.

The council spokesman added: "You can help us avoid missing collections by taking extra care when parking your vehicles on your collection day.

"We understand that not everyone has a drive or a garage, and these people have no choice but to park on the street.

"Take a look at the pictures below and you’ll see some of the problems our bin wagons and recycling vehicles have encountered due to parked cars/vans when trying to get to your properties."

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All of the council's vehicles are fitted with in-cab technology – including CCTV – that allows the crews to record any instances where bins have not been presented before 7.30am, or if there are access issues, which prevent crews from making the collection.