Bin collections delayed due to high winds

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Refuge collections of the A52 have been postponed this morning for fears the empty wheelie bins will blow into the road and become a danger to drivers.

A spokesman for Boston Borough Council said: “A decision was taken early this morning to delay the start of the week’s refuse collections, for fear that empty bins could cause a hazard if blown about by high winds.”

Boston’s Central Park and the cemetery were also initially closed to the public because of the potential for harm from falling branches or even toppled trees.

By 8.45am this morning bin collections had resumed, except for homes along the A52 where it was felt that empty bins could still present a hazard to traffic.

All those properties are due to have their refuse collection tomorrow (Tuesday).

Central Park and the cemetery were opened at 9.20am.

The spokesman said council officers worked ‘around the clock’ at the weekend in anticipation of disruption caused by the storm.

“They joined staff from councils around the county charged with monitoring and managing the situation from a central emergency HQ in Lincoln,” he said.

After initial forecasts of hurricane-force gales able to cause structural damage and driving rain with a potential for localised flooding the worst of the storm passed further south of the county.

The multi-agency Lincolnshire Resilience Forum said: “We were prepared for the worst-case scenario, but thankfully Lincolnshire has not experienced the problems which have been seen in the south of the UK.

“The multi-agency approach has worked well and we will continue to monitor the situation. We would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation and will continue to keep them updated and informed until the storm passes us by and moves out into the North Sea.

“The south of the county is the worst affected, but no major problems have been reported.”