A RESIDENT in a block of flats in Warminster says their waste bins have not been emptied since before Christmas.

One of the people living at the complex of 37 flats in Imberwood Close said: “Our bins haven't been emptied since before Christmas, the household waste is disgusting, bags everywhere.”

The resident said that since Tuesday the number of bags doubled in volume, with neither Wiltshire Council nor the housing company Plymouth Management sorting out the issue.

The resident added: “I pay council tax and management fees but no one is helping. And you wonder why fly tipping happens?”

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for waste said: “I am sorry to hear about the problem that residents at Imberwood Close have had with their waste collection.

“Our waste contractors were unable to collect the waste from these flats due to a sofa that had been fly tipped, blocking access to the bin store.

“The housing company were made aware of this last week and have been working to get the excess waste and sofa removed.

"The excess household waste has now been cleared and the sofa will be removed tomorrow.

"We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused to residents.

“We have been in touch with the housing company and understand that they have improvements planned for the bin store area for the use of their residents, which should help avoid collections problems in future.”