A TOWN councillor has slammed the decision to make residents pay for vandalised bins as “craziness to the limit”.

Coun Martin McCaughran was contacted by a disabled resident of Broughton Street, Darwen, whose grey bin had been set alight and destroyed.

He was told that Blackburn with Darwen Council now charges up to £30 to replace bins due to budget cuts.

Coun McCaughran said: “I’m disgusted. It’s craziness to the limit.

"I feel very sorry for the guy and have no answer for him.

"I’ve even offered to pay out of my own pocket, but he doesn’t want me to do that.”

Coun Faryad Hussain said: “We always advise people to bring in their bins as soon as their rubbish has been collected, or to ask a neighbour to do it for them, due to the possibility of vandalism."