Alan’s wheelie good idea to get rubbish to the tip!

Alan Cresswell with his scooter and his wheelie bin
Alan Cresswell with his scooter and his wheelie bin
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HE may not drive anymore but a pensioner has a wheelie good idea of getting rubbish down to the tip.

Alan Cresswell, 91, often hooks up his wheelie bin to the back of his mobility scooter to transport waste from his home in Stone Close, Bourne.

He then makes his way to the Bourne Household Waste and Recycling Centre off Pinfold Road, just over a mile away.

Mr Cresswell, who lives with his son Tony, 58, began making the regular trips last summer when his bin was full with hedge clippings.

Since then he has made regular trips to the recycling centre with his bin strapped to his scooter.

Former pilot Mr Cresswell, who featured in the Mercury last year after flying a Cessna aeroplane to celebrate his 91st birthday, travels on the roads at 8mph and has not had any complaints from motorists.

Mr Cresswell said more people should follow his lead rather than complain about bin collections, responding to complaints from people elsewhere in the country whose collections were missed in bad weather.

He said: “I am of an early generation when you tried to do things for yourself.

“I don’t see why people sit and complain. If I can do it behind a mobility buggy I am sure people can put their rubbish in their car and take it to the tip.

“No-one has objected to me driving along the main roads.

“On one occasion two policemen in a police car overtook me and smiled.

“I am sure I’m not doing anything illegal.”

Mr Cresswell takes his rubbish to the tip if he has forgotten to put his bin out to be emptied.

The trips take about 15 to 20 minutes each way. Mr Cresswell says that the staff at the other end are very helpful, carrying the waste from his bin. Mr Cresswell joined the RAF in Second World War after the Germans invaded his Channel Islands home in 1940.

After learning to fly in Florida, Mr Cresswell went on to fly combat missions in which he hunted submarines and bombed occupied Europe.

He was awarded the distinguished flying cross.