Binmen refused to empty rubbish bins because the wheels were standing on gravel at the edge of his driveway citing that to pull them over gravel, even a couple of inches, contravenes health and safety regulations.
Mark Birkett thought it was a joke, but West Wlitshire Council informed him that his bins would not be emptied unless they were fully on the pavement outside his home. Mr Birkett pointed out that the pavement was narrow and on a slope, making it dangerous to leave a bin out there and bins tended to fall over and spill all their contents all over the place.
Even one of the Councillors apparently described the situation as ‘lunacy’ and ‘health and safety gone mad’. He’ll be looking for a new job soon, then!