SOUTH Swindon residents have picked their top locations for new litter bins.

12 locations were picked out across Old Town, Park South, Lawn and Coate, after the parish council asked for people’s ideas for where new bins could be placed.

The new bins recommended to parish councillors would cost more than £430 each – not including installation. Parish councillors agreed to do further research before committing to buying the new waste bins.

The 12 areas picked out by residents are:

:: Mill Lane (by the bridleway to East Wichel)

:: Marlborough Road (near the underpass at Coate Water)

:: Marlborough Road (halfway between Old Town and Broome Manor Lane)

:: Whitbourne Avenue (by the bus stop adjacent to the shops)

:: Faringdon Road (at the entrance to the GWR Park)

:: Balmoral Close (at the junction with Queens Drive)

:: Sandringham Road (near the Marlborough Road junction)

:: Okus Road (at the bus stop outside house number 100)

:: Celsus Grove (near the play area)

:: Roman Crescent (near the footpath to Okus)

Residents have also asked councillors to replace existing bins on Westlecot Road near The Mall and Roman Crescent. They also want dog bins near Commonweal School replaced with all-purpose litter bins.

At a meeting on Tuesday night, parish councillors agreed to ask their environmental officer to assess the sites picked out by residents – checking to see how much litter there was around the area.

Some baulked at the high price of the bins recommended to councillors. The holly green-coloured bins would cost £431.95, not including installation costs.

Coun Steve Allsopp joked of the bins: “What are they made out of? Are they gold plated?”