Petition to end tip ban

A DETERMINED resident has collected over 200 signatures to try to stop North Somerset Council allowing good quality items to be scrapped

A DETERMINED resident has collected over 200 signatures to try to stop North Somerset Council allowing good quality items to be scrapped.The council's decision to stop the sale of secondhand items at Weston Recycling Centre, in Aisecombe Way, has outraged bargain hunters and environmentalists.Annette Foan, aged 40, of Exford Close, Weston, and her partner, Frank Goold, used to visit the tip every week to pick up furniture for their home as well as bikes to sell on to children on Weston's housing estates and items for their friends. On Saturday, Annette and other concerned residents stopped every car at the recycling centre and asked drivers to sign a petition to put a stop to the ban.She said: "It went very well, almost everyone we stopped signed the petition. It's disgraceful. The council makes out it is into recycling but all these lovely secondhand items are being thrown away."Staff at the tip have been taking good quality items out of the skips for a number of years and selling them on, but the council has now stopped it due to health and safety fears as it cannot guarantee the items are fit for their intended purpose.Annette has now enlisted the help of Councillor Ian Parker who will be taking the petition to North Somerset Council's next meeting on February 20.


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