Graham and Patricia Patton, both 73, from Brandon, near Coventry, West Mids, who have to wheel their bins down a 1/2 mile country track after council bosses decided it was no longer possible for refuse lorries to access the road. May 7 2015. An elderly couple have been forced to drag their bins for half a mile after a council refused to drive its bin lorry down their private lane because of POTHOLES. See NTI story NTIBINS. Graham and Patrcia Patton have had to haul their heavy recycling bins to the end of their road since February after receiving a letter from their council, which told them their private lane wasnt suitable for the collection vehicle. Rugby Borough Council told the couple there were too many potholes on Gossett Lane, in Brandon, Warks., and, as it is a private road, it was the responsibility of the residents to improve the condition of the tarmac. But retired assembly line labourer Graham, 73, said: Were really struggling and dont know who to turn to. There are a few bumps in the road but it is not that bad. Im a pensioner with a bad back and sciatica so dragging heavy bins down a bridle path certainly isnt ideal.