April 9, 2011
backs petition to push for re-think on recycling charges
MP has launched a petition calling on Somerset County Council
to re-think its decision to introduce charges for waste
recycling at Highbridge Recycling Centre and others across the
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here
how Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre (pictured) is now operating
on reduced opening hours and has introduced new charges for recycling
The new charges range from £6-£35 for various sizes
of gas bottles; £3.30-£4.20 for car tyres and £45.60
for commercial tyres; and £2.90-£116 for soil or rubble.
hours have also been cut at the Highbridge centre, which is now
shut on Tuesdays
and Wednesdays in a bid to save costs.
Tessa Munt told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is an unbelievably
backward step by County Hall. All this will do is lead to extra
expense for already hard-pressed people who want to do the right
thing by recycling their rubbish. Charging for disposal of gas
bottles, soil and hardcore and car tyres is madness these
are just the items which end up being fly-tipped all over the
is so short-sighted and selfish, and doesnt even make financial
sense. It isnt the County Council budget which covers the
costs of removing dumped rubbish of course, it's the Districts
of Mendip and Sedgemoor who have to 'carry the can' and, as a
consequence, we all end up paying much more in the long run."
"Somerset is the first county in the country to introduce
charges, marking a pretty sad end to the green agenda promoted
by the previous Lib Dem administration."
added on Friday: "I urge the County Council to have a re-think.
These charges should be abolished and the County should concentrate
on improving its previously excellent recycling record."
"If youd like to join my campaign to stop the charges,
sign our petition online, email or write to me and I shall take
this up with the County Council, District Auditor and the Local
Government Ombudsman on your behalf."
The new online petition has been launched here.
Earlier this week, Secretary of State Eric Pickles was quoted
in one national newspaper as saying: "Tip taxes are utterly
counter-productive. I have grave concerns over the legality of
this move, which runs contrary to the intentions of Parliament."