SIX skips were filled within 15 minutes in Barton yesterday as residents took advantage of a new scheme to tidy up the neighbourhood.

Oxford City Council brought the skips along between 2pm and 4pm as part of its Cleaner, Greener campaign.

Dave Leggett, 72, of Barton Village Road, said: “It’s a brilliant idea. We could do with it more often really. Barton is looking a bit tidier already.

“The problem is people just can’t be bothered to go to the dump so they dump it anywhere they can find.”

Two of the free skips were placed in Fettiplace Road near Brome Place and Atkinson Close, and others were placed in Barton Village Road, Burchester Avenue, Bernwood Road, and Bassett Road.

Among the items binned were bicycle tyres, flower pots and broken furniture.