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Grey bins a priority for NDBC

North Down’s bin collections have been severely hampered by the cold snap.

A council spokesperson has apologised for the inconvenience.

Limited commercial collections, confined to Bangor town centre, have been attempted but residential customers were left with over flowing bins in the run-up to Christmas.

The scheduled blue bin collections over the period December 27-31 have been shelved in favour of grey bin collections.

“Collection will only be possible if the weather conditions improve,” added the spokesperson.

“We would also ask residents to be patient at this time and to show understanding of the situation — bin lorries are 20 tonne vehicles that cannot safely negotiate road conditions such as those we are curently experiencing.

“Street cleansing services are currently also being hampered by the weather conditions.”

The difficulties have been compounded by the closure last week of the recycling centres in Bangor and Holywood.

The majority of the council’s facilities have been forced to close because of the weather, including Bangor cemetery. Redburn and Clandeboye cemeteries were open to pedestrians but residents are asked to wait to visit any cemetery until the weather improves.

Bangor Sportsplex was closed last week but the town hall was open. Residents can keep up to date with closures on www.northdown.gov.uk

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