March 21, 2011
attacks decision to cut Highbridge recycling centre's hours
MP has this week attacked County Council proposals to introduce
charges and slash the opening
hours at Highbridge Recycling Centre as part of ongoing cost-cutting
During a formal visit to the centre at Highbridge's
Isleport Industrial Estate, Tessa Munt praised staff for the professional
service they provide, and said the county council's cutbacks are
Somerset Waste Board is scheduled to meet this Friday (March 25th)
to make a final decision on whether to proceed with proposals
to cut its opening hours and introduce new charges for certain
types of waste in order to save the county council £1.9m
over two years across Somerset.
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "If the recycling services are not available,
all that will happen is more rubbish will be fly-tipped by roads,
creating extra costs for the council to have it removed. Alternatively,
people will simply not recycle their waste and increasingly put
it in dustbins instead, which is also counter-productive."
very short-sighted and unnecessary for the council to be cutting
back the service in this way without looking at the wider knock-on
4th April, the Isleport centre will close for two days a week,
on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
will be open from 8am-7pm on Mondays, 8am-4pm on Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays. It will also open on Sundays from 8am-1pm.
New charges are also set to be introduced from 4th April at the
will range from £6-£35 for various sizes of gas bottles;
£3.30-£4.20 for car tyres and £45.60 for 'general
commercial' tyres; and £14.50-£116 for different loads
of soil or rubble.
County Council decided earlier this year that around £1.9
million in savings over two years should come from waste cut-backs
across the county.
Four recycling centres at Crewkerne, Coleford, Dulverton
and Middlezoy are under threat of closure, although it has been
proposed that they could stay open if users pay £2.50 per
While Highbridge's centre is not under threat of closure, its
opening hours will be reduced from 56 in winter and 70 in summer
to 40 hours year-round if the proposals get the go-ahead this