RESIDENTS of a Warrnambool retirement village have won a partial victory in their efforts to get regular waste collection services.
Twenty-three property owners at Anchor Point Village will receive refunds from the city council for levies incorrectly charged for pick-ups that never happened. But despite a petition from some residents the council will not send in its contract collection trucks to pick up bins.
Residents of the 150 dwellings in the village will have to continue to pay for a private contractor.
The heart of the issue goes back to conditions of a planning permit issued in June 2007 which said roads within the development were private roads and that garbage collection services must be arranged by the developer.
Council’s corporate strategies director Kevin Leddin told this week’s council meeting he had visited residents to explain the situation and reached an agreement to refund any waste management fees levied in the past two financial years.
The only other option would be for residents to wheel their bins out on to Aberline Road and pay the levy for council collection, he said.
City chief executive Bruce Anson said no council vehicles were sent on to private roads because of possible damage to the road surface.