Business owners and local residents in Alyth have described new recycling bins in Market Square as an “abomination” and an “eyesore”.
Entrepreneurs also claimed that the bins seemed to appear in the East Perthshire town overnight and that the local community was not involved in discussions when council officers decided where the bins were to be situated prior to them being installed last month.
Following their introduction, local councillor Dennis Melloy immediately received complaints about them from local businesses and residents.
In an open letter to Councillor Melloy on behalf of Alyth and District Business Association, secretary and treasurer Michael Kay criticised the move.
He said: “Alyth and District Business Association is shocked, disappointed and aghast at the placing of a huge abomination of a recycling bin on the pavement at Market Square.
“There has been no consulting, discussion or advising to anyone as far as I can discover of this erection of this monstrosity.
“It is completely out of character with the lovely trees and flower beds of Alyth Square.”
Mr Kay described Alyth as a town “full if its own charm”. He praised Perth and Kinross Council for the work it has done in Market Square to improve parking and safety, and pointed out that businesses and community groups such as Alyth in Bloom do much to enhance the appearance of the town with hanging baskets.
However, he said that “this has all been spoilt” by the positioning of the recycling bin, adding: “It is absolutely hideous and does nothing to make a visit to Alyth any nicer.”
David Brough from David Sim, the ironmongers based in the square, also wrote to Councillor Melloy.
He said: “I am shocked and dismayed at the arrival and position of the new recycling bins that have been placed in Market Square.
“The Market Square is an attractive centre of a small tourist town and the placing of these bins detracts from the efforts of the community to enhance the appeal of our town.”
Speaking to the Blairie he explained: “I have nothing against recycling but not in the middle of the square. We are continuously investing in painting the shop front to encourage business and there is great community spirit invested in making the town look nice – to have this planted in the middle of the square is not what anyone is looking for.
“The placement of this bin has been ill thought out and I am sure that it could be in a less conspicuous area of the town.”
A spokesperson for PKC confirmed that the bins have been installed on a temporary basis and could be removed.
He said: “These new recycling bins are in addition to the litter bins that are currently in the square to provide pedestrians the opportunity to recycle their litter such as cans, paper and plastics bottles. The current recycling point in Alyth is designed to accept excess household recyclables or additional materials not accepted through the kerbside service such as glass and textiles.
“Our intention now is to trial the bins in their current location for a period of time to gauge public reaction and usage. During this initial period we will listen to all comments received from local residents and businesses. If the bins are found to be particularly unpopular in this location, we will consider moving them.”