Councillors speak out about delayed review of rubbish tips opening hours

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 July 2011

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COUNCILLORS are concerned that a review of any changes to the opening hours of rubbish tips in Somerset will have to wait until September.

It comes after the Somerset Waste Board met on June 22 and decided to wait until the autumn to review changes to opening hours of recycling centres across Somerset.

A 100 per cent increase of fly tipping was announced by Sedgemoor District council, since changes to opening hours were put in place on April 4.

Sedgemoor district councillor Jeff Savage said: “I am very disappointed it is not going to be reviewed until September.

“Given the evidence with fly tipping and that it has angered the public with them not being able to access the recycling centre in the appropriate hours.

“On a Sunday afternoon they are not open. That would be an ideal time when people have been gardening.

“I understand the county council need to save money, but that has to be weighed up against the need of the public.

Especially for a site like Cheddar, because it is not a large site and to reduce the hours puts even more pressure on the centre for the hours it is open.”

Axbridge parish councillor Janet Gwinn is concerned over the decision to wait for the review.

She said: “It means another couple of months poor service.

“Most people will want to go at the weekend and they have reduced the weekend hours and are only open for one late evening.

“It is very difficult to get to the tip and I guess a lot of people are hoarding their rubbish.

“There has been quite a lot of fly tipping in the area recently.

“If I work in the garden or do some clearing out, I do it at the beginning of the weekend and then get to the tip late Saturday and late Sunday.

“You can’t do it anymore, you have to find somewhere to leave it for the following week.

“It would make me think twice about doing jobs.”

Senior communications officer, Nick Cater said: “We have to give time for the trends and levels of usage to become clear.

“We made the changes to arrangements in April, and things take time to slow down.

“By waiting until September it gives more time for the whole picture to become much clearer.

“We would probably normally want longer than we have left it.”

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