the bin men once upon a time used to go round the back to your bin and take out the bag of rubbish, you din't have to put the bin out yourself. That was when we had mostly back to back terraced housing. Yet again like in many other areas where there has been no standards set from the start, the problem is we have so many different types of housing which don't have proper provision planned at the er planning stage
for things like rubbish removal. I actually think the building regs have been downgraded in some cases as I'm certain the first new house that my parents bought was designed with certain standards in mind. One been that a hard standing area was provided for the rubbish bin. And knowing the estate builder as I do, as a cheapskate bodge it and scarper, I can't imagine that he volunteered to add the concreted base for the bin, for every house on the estate. So I conclude it was a planning requirement. Most owners dug it up decades ago but anyway.
Pavement parking is unlikely to be banned any time soon because of the high number of older properties without off road access. Narrow roads means that cars encroach the footpaths. So if pavement parking was banned it would mean with typical modern cars being wider than 40 years ago, one side would be banned from parking all together to allow unfettered access to fire appliances which are quite wide. Politicians aren't going to enrage the car owning masses, even students now seem to need a car, back in my day less than about 1 in 40 had one which is why students developed the ritual of "how many students can you fit in a mini" annual bash.
Maybe the only solution to the rubbish problem in terraced houses and flats will be to have a network of rubbish pipes installed to add to the water, gas, electric and phone services. Much stronger, deadlier rubbish mashers/macerator/grinder fitted to the end of a 6" pipe going to each house so you can just tip anything upto the size of an unwanted mattress can be disposed of. maybe. That would solve the problem of the elderly or disabled having to cart rubbish bins or bags through their house onto the front street. Councils spend fortunes on bin collection so thumbs up from them.
Irony and stupidity aside, the problem with this and most other countries is the lack of forward planning and joined up thinking. Maybe we need a few major shifts in public attitude. 1. Parliament term to be increased to 10 whole years. This will allow more long term thinking as politicians don't have to think about re election so often, but doing their job. 2. To compensate for the longer terms, the voting system changed to proportional representation thereby reducing the horrors of a bad government getting in with actually less than 50% of the votes, and doing untold harm, safe in the knowledge they have 10 years to bodge it and scarper. If coalition governments result than this WILL
be more democratic to start with anyway as a government will have to agree with a greater range of people over matters. 3. A comprehensive review of what we all really want and how to get it without boogieing up the environment. This will have to start as a massive open educational project. Stop gutter press and vested interests from unfair and undue influence and thereby poisoning the minds of the public against great ideas etc