cutbacks 'won't impact Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre'
hours at Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre will not be altered
despite a raft of cutbacks across the county announced by Somerset
Two recycling sites at Coleford and Middlezoy have been earmarked
for closure while five recycling centres across Somerset will
see amended opening hours.
The plan, proposed by Somerset Waste Partnership's governing
Board, is part of efforts to meet savings targets required by
Somerset County Council. Under the county councils medium
term financial plan, Somerset Waste Partnership will have £711,900
less funding in 2014/2015, and total of £2,287,900 less
over the next four years.
A spokesman confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that no changes are
proposed for Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre.
Closure of Coleford and Middlezoys sites, if approved,
would affect around 850 visitors to each of the sites every month,
as together they now account for less than 2% of all recycling
site visits. It is expected that extending opening at the busiest
sites, such as Bridgwater Saltlands, Frome, Minehead, Taunton
Priorswood, and Yeovil, would benefit tens of thousands of residents.
Waste Partnership managing director Steve Read said: "These
are not easy decisions but SWP has to live within the budget its
partners contribute, and users of Coleford and Middlezoy would
have a choice of alternatives within a few miles."
"We appreciate this may, if agreed, cause some inconvenience
to the committed recyclers of Coleford and Middlezoy. We hope
they will be able to use one of the next most convenient sites,
one of which in each district will be open extra hours as well
as continuing to be free to use. Meanwhile, an expansion of days
and hours at five or more sites could only help improve recycling
and cut fly-tipping further."
The plan will be open for public comment and considered by the
county council and all five district councils before a final decision
by the Somerset Waste Board on 21st February.