A CONTROVERSIAL wheelie bin trial has been delayed due to a national shortage of bins.
The bins were due to be rolled out to 7,500 homes across Hounslow next month as part of a pilot scheme designed to increase recycling and tidy up the borough's streets.
However, the council has delayed the launch until July because it says bin suppliers cannot cope with national demand as councils clamour to spend new government funding.
Deputy council leader Colin Ellar said residents in the pilot areas would receive details in coming weeks about when the £153,000 trial would begin and how it would work.
However, Councillor Peter Thompson, leader of the Conservative opposition, accused the council of failing to do its homework.
"It is hardly a surprise there is a backlog of orders for wheelie bins as councils across the country are putting in their orders thanks to central government funding," he said.
"Surely someone could have made a few phone calls and found out when we could actually get hold of the bins before planning the June start?"
The Hounslow Conservative Group has opposed the trial from the start, claiming it is a waste of money and would clutter up streets, making them look less tidy.