A MAGGOT-INFESTED chicken carcass was among household waste dumped in public bins in Old Town.
Visitors to Holy Trinity Churchyard and the Remembrance Garden have recently found the bins overflowing with household rubbish leaving them no room to dispose of the likes of normal out and about rubbish such as drinks cartons and sandwich wrappers.
It has prompted Stratford Town Council – which is responsible for the bins in Old Town – to call on people to take more responsibility for their rubbish.
Town council clerk Sarah Summers told The Observer: “These bins were installed for the convenience of those visiting the Garden and Holy Trinity Churchyard who need to discard general waste.
“Just recently however, totally inappropriate rubbish has been deposited including maggot-infested carcasses of chicken and items of a very personal nature, which should certainly not be left in the public domain.
“This can hardly be classed as normal waste accumulated when enjoying the garden or churchyard.”
Mrs Summers said the issue would be raised at a town council meeting next week and also confirmed any additional bins would be sanctioned and paid for by the town council, but would require permission from the district council as they would become part of their maintenance and emptying regime.
She added: “The town council welcomes the fact people place litter in the bins since it is for that exact purpose they were installed and would of course prefer to see waste of any description in a bin rather than discarded randomly on the ground.
“It it is most unfortunate for visitors to these peaceful sanctums however to be faced with household litter often spilling out of the bins, which can remain for some time if the rubbish being placed does not coincide with a collection time.
“Stratford is a wonderful area, which both the town and district council welcomes visitors to but we would just ask that they show respect to its surroundings by disposing of their litter responsibly.”
Members of the public can also request bins using the online facility on the Stratford Town Council website.
Visit www.stratforduponavontowncouncil.com/local-amenities for further information.