BROAD Street area residents are still angry about having wheelie bins imposed on them.

People living in the area are furious about being given wheelie bins because they say there is not enough space in their front gardens.

Members of the Broad Street Area Community Council, including secretary Kevin Leakey, are campaigning against the bins with Residents Against Wheelies - RAW - protest.

One of the residents, Grace Walker says that she is disgusted council officials have told her to remove a memorial garden to her late husband to make way for a new wheelie bin.

The frail 89-year-old has maintained the small shrine in her front garden since her husband George died 12 years ago.

But as council workers rumbled into Salisbury Street delivering the bulky bins on Monday, Mrs Walker feared her husband's token of love would have to be destroyed.

She said: "I can't dig up George's garden. It was his pride and joy and the only bit of him I have left. I can't throw that away because of a bin, it's not right.

"I'm too old to be carting a bin in and out of my gates, the gateway is barely big enough to fit it through anyway."

Mrs Walker has lived in the street since 1940.

She said: "I don't have anyone to sort out the bins and I am worried the bin men will do what they have done to other people in the street and lift the bins into the garden."

A Swindon Borough Council spokesman said: "The council sympathises with Mrs Walter and our waste wardens have visited her property, and that of other residents concerned about finding space for their wheelie bin, to help with the situation. People who want advice about where to put their wheelie bin can call 01793 445501."

Neighbour Karen Leakey said: "There's a man in the next street who fell over his bin after it tipped up when he tried to get it in his garden. He's 88 years old.

"This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable from the council. We have told them time and time again these bulky bins are too big for our gardens but it just seems to fall on deaf ears."

The 41-year-old says her wheelie bin will stay on the pavement outside her home because the trees in her garden mean it can't fit.

The mum-of-one put the trees up when prostitutes working in the area targeted her house after she called the police to complain.

She said: "I am not cutting down the trees to make way for a bin. "

Beryl and John Phillips from Gladstone Street say they don't feel the council is listening to them over the wheelie bin debate.

Mrs Phillips, 66, said: "It just seems to fall on deaf ears. We were told the bins wouldn't come until the first week in November yet here they were on Monday morning.

"One of our neighbours couldn't get to bin in her garden so the delivery men picked it up and dropped it in there.

"How exactly do they think she'll be able to get it back out of her garden when it's full?"