Somerset recycling centres - two to close, five to open seven days a week

Chard & Ilminster News: Somerset recycling centres - two to close, five to open seven days a week Somerset recycling centres - two to close, five to open seven days a week

THE five busiest recycling centres in Somerset are to open seven days a week from April 1.

Somerset Waste Partnership's governing board has decided to extend the opening hours of the recycling centres – including Sundays to 4pm.

But it is also closing two of the least used sites at Coleford and Middlezoy.

The centres at Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil will open from 8am to 4pm every day, including Sundays.

The closures have been brought about as part of the county's money-saving measures.

Extended opening hours at the five busiest sites are expected to benefit tens of thousands of residents, improve recycling levels and contribute to all councils' efforts to continue driving down the already falling rate of fly-tipping.

Leaflets, advertising and signage will be used to advise customers of the changes, while full information on recycling centres, opening hours and the 30 or more materials they take is listed on www.somersetwaste.gov.uk and available from Somerset Direct on 0845-3459188.

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4:15pm Sat 22 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Could someone please explain to me why Somerset Waste Partnership needs to have their own offices on BlackBrook Buisiness Park, surely the site is extremely expensive and as the above partnership is made up of Cllrs from all the involved councils in would be more convenient and cost effective to be based in the many spare offices at County Hall.
You may find that you then have more funds for recycling sites.
Could someone please explain to me why Somerset Waste Partnership needs to have their own offices on BlackBrook Buisiness Park, surely the site is extremely expensive and as the above partnership is made up of Cllrs from all the involved councils in would be more convenient and cost effective to be based in the many spare offices at County Hall. You may find that you then have more funds for recycling sites. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 20

9:21pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Samej1 says...

Hold on, 'contribute.... the already falling rate of fly tipping'?

We were told rates of fly tipping had nothing to do with the last changes!

Plus, closing Middlezoy is a bit of a kick in the teeth for flood hit homeowners, eh?
Hold on, 'contribute.... the already falling rate of fly tipping'? We were told rates of fly tipping had nothing to do with the last changes! Plus, closing Middlezoy is a bit of a kick in the teeth for flood hit homeowners, eh? Samej1
  • Score: 11

10:29pm Sat 22 Feb 14

finnmacool says...

The County Council is trying to pull the wool over our eyes. Since the Middlezoy tip has been charging, less people will have used it, as evidenced by the increased fly-tipping on the levels e.g. Stawell/Sutton Mallet. Together with the extortionate amount charged to tip a fairly small bag of rubble it's no small wonder. They wanted to close it originally, so by charging they got what they wanted and all of us out in the sticks can drive further (even more so at the moment due to flooded roads) for the pleasure to dump stuff legally whilst still paying our council tax for little return and with pot holes everywhere. What a shower and we've had enough of those!
The County Council is trying to pull the wool over our eyes. Since the Middlezoy tip has been charging, less people will have used it, as evidenced by the increased fly-tipping on the levels e.g. Stawell/Sutton Mallet. Together with the extortionate amount charged to tip a fairly small bag of rubble it's no small wonder. They wanted to close it originally, so by charging they got what they wanted and all of us out in the sticks can drive further (even more so at the moment due to flooded roads) for the pleasure to dump stuff legally whilst still paying our council tax for little return and with pot holes everywhere. What a shower and we've had enough of those! finnmacool
  • Score: 9

8:53am Sun 23 Feb 14

Useacarpark.com says...

Waste is hardly costing the tax payers a lot of money, in the grand scheme of things it's a big money maker, but our council tax will only stretch so far. Perhaps if the 2.5 million unemployed got jobs and contributed, then there would be more money in the pop and less benefits being paid out. I think the route of al our problems need to be sorted and then the flooding, waste, roads etc will sort themselves
Waste is hardly costing the tax payers a lot of money, in the grand scheme of things it's a big money maker, but our council tax will only stretch so far. Perhaps if the 2.5 million unemployed got jobs and contributed, then there would be more money in the pop and less benefits being paid out. I think the route of al our problems need to be sorted and then the flooding, waste, roads etc will sort themselves Useacarpark.com
  • Score: -5

10:07am Sun 23 Feb 14

bygeorge says...

It costs more to dump a small bag of chipping than it does to buy it! Surely the cost to produce the chipping is more than the cost to dispose of it.
It costs more to dump a small bag of chipping than it does to buy it! Surely the cost to produce the chipping is more than the cost to dispose of it. bygeorge
  • Score: 13

12:46pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ShoulderToShoulder says...

Useacarpark.com wrote:
Waste is hardly costing the tax payers a lot of money, in the grand scheme of things it's a big money maker, but our council tax will only stretch so far. Perhaps if the 2.5 million unemployed got jobs and contributed, then there would be more money in the pop and less benefits being paid out. I think the route of al our problems need to be sorted and then the flooding, waste, roads etc will sort themselves
As always, Useacarpark.com elects to demonise the 'unemployed' whilst selectively ignoring the £120 BILLION that goes unpaid in corporation tax every year.

Oxfam recently identified that 85 (yes that's eighty five!) people own more personal wealth than 3.5 BILLION; or half the human population!

Don't just get angry, get organised!

www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk

www.tusc.org.uk
[quote][p][bold]Useacarpark.com[/bold] wrote: Waste is hardly costing the tax payers a lot of money, in the grand scheme of things it's a big money maker, but our council tax will only stretch so far. Perhaps if the 2.5 million unemployed got jobs and contributed, then there would be more money in the pop and less benefits being paid out. I think the route of al our problems need to be sorted and then the flooding, waste, roads etc will sort themselves[/p][/quote]As always, Useacarpark.com elects to demonise the 'unemployed' whilst selectively ignoring the £120 BILLION that goes unpaid in corporation tax every year. Oxfam recently identified that 85 (yes that's eighty five!) people own more personal wealth than 3.5 BILLION; or half the human population! Don't just get angry, get organised! www.socialistparty.o rg.uk www.tusc.org.uk ShoulderToShoulder
  • Score: 5

1:46pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ShoulderToShoulder says...

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) conference report

Preparing the biggest left of Labour election challenge since the war

Report provided by Somerset anti-cuts activists and Socialist Party members.



It felt fitting that on 1 February, the day Labour leader Ed Miliband unveiled his plans to sever the ties between Labour and the unions, over 200 trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists came together at the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition conference in London. This was preparation for the biggest left of Labour electoral challenge since World War Two.




Former Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist, chairing the conference, laid out the ambitious plan to stand 625 candidates as 'anti-cuts beacons' for working class people in the May 2014 elections. This scale is necessary to attempt to break the media blackout of anything beyond the parties of capitalism. The hall was buzzing when it was revealed that already 400 people have been identified as potential candidates with two months of the nomination period left.

Trade union speakers

The morning session began with speeches from leading representatives of the trade unions that have already broken with or are not affiliated to Labour. The speakers made it clear they are working to seriously build a political alternative for their members and the working class as a whole.




Mike Sargent, from the RMT executive council, outlined the battle his union faces to defend jobs, safety and the service on the London Underground. He attacked the 'keep calm and carry on' culture pushed by the media and argued we need to do the opposite - we need to get angry, get organised and fight back, not just industrially but also on the political front.

Joe Simpson, assistant general secretary of the POA prison workers' union, responded to the news of Miliband's proposals to break the union link, calling on him to "stop talking, do it and sod off so we can build a new workers' party".




John McInally, PCS vice-president, questioned what the trade unions get from their support for pro-big business Labour. He also said that "those who sneer at TUSC are prepared to tell us what's wrong and why, but not what to do about it other than to vote Labour. That's not a policy, that's an abdication of responsibility."

Discontent in the affiliated unions with the Labour link was reflected in the contributions from the floor. Dave Walsh from Liverpool reported on the overwhelming vote in Unite's United Left in the North West to break the Labour link. Unison branch secretary Glenn Kelly explained (in a personal capacity) that two-thirds of Unison members who pay into the political fund refuse to give money to Labour - but the leadership won't allow debate on it.




'No cuts' candidates

TUSC national election agent Clive Heemskerk introduced the afternoon's discussion on the May election campaign. He pointed out that the distinguishing feature of candidates who stand for TUSC is that they pledge to oppose all cuts, to vote for no-cuts budgets and that they assert that councils have powers to resist making cuts.




He challenged the idea that there is nothing Labour councils can do to fight the cuts locally, pointing to the "many, many, many loopholes that councillors could find if they were determined to beat the cuts", as has been the case with the bedroom tax.

Later, referring to the enormous gains won for the working class in Liverpool in the 1980s when he was a leader of the city council, Tony Mulhearn explained that if the political will is there, you can drive a coach and horses through 'legal technicalities' - if you have the support of a mass movement.

Alongside Clive on the platform was Keith Morrell, Southampton rebel councillor. He gave an inspiring look at how socialist councillors can be effective defenders of their communities. He highlighted the fear in the Labour Party of him and fellow rebel councillor Don Thomas getting re-elected: "The Labour Party are mounting a huge campaign against us. They don't want us to win because it will prove if you stand up and fight, you will get a response".




The election victory of Kshama Sawant in Seattle and the progress of the Workers And Socialist Party in South Africa were pointed to throughout the day as examples of where the working class will look for and build political alternatives.

Nancy Taaffe and Sarah Wrack commented on the practical examples we can take from the campaign in the US, raising the positive campaign for rent controls that has been launched in Waltham Forest in London and the 'pink roadside flashmobs' inspired by Seattle that they are using to "break the visual blockade" on TUSC.



Unity and optimism

Oktay Sahbaz from Day-Mer and others showed how the TUSC campaign was being taken up by the Turkish and Kurdish communities of North London and raised the importance of unity with migrant communities and workforces in fighting the cuts. He sent a "we are coming for you!" warning to the councillors where they will be standing.

Joe Robinson, a TUSC town councillor elected last March in Maltby, spoke on 'how to win'. He linked today's struggles with the anniversary of the miners' strike and pointed out that while Maltby "may just be a parish council it was still an election fought on an anti-austerity platform".




Contributions from the Mayor of Harrow (expelled from the Labour Party for opposing library closures), Chris Flood, a former socialist councillor in Lewisham, and many more, added to the optimistic and practical discussion on the potential for a left of Labour challenge in May.

In his remarks, the POA's Joe Simpson summed up the determined mood that was evident throughout the conference when he ended his contribution with: "Is TUSC the answer? I don't know, but I'll try hard to make it the answer and the political voice for every worker in this country".

www.tusc.org.uk

www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) conference report Preparing the biggest left of Labour election challenge since the war Report provided by Somerset anti-cuts activists and Socialist Party members. It felt fitting that on 1 February, the day Labour leader Ed Miliband unveiled his plans to sever the ties between Labour and the unions, over 200 trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists came together at the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition conference in London. This was preparation for the biggest left of Labour electoral challenge since World War Two. Former Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist, chairing the conference, laid out the ambitious plan to stand 625 candidates as 'anti-cuts beacons' for working class people in the May 2014 elections. This scale is necessary to attempt to break the media blackout of anything beyond the parties of capitalism. The hall was buzzing when it was revealed that already 400 people have been identified as potential candidates with two months of the nomination period left. Trade union speakers The morning session began with speeches from leading representatives of the trade unions that have already broken with or are not affiliated to Labour. The speakers made it clear they are working to seriously build a political alternative for their members and the working class as a whole. Mike Sargent, from the RMT executive council, outlined the battle his union faces to defend jobs, safety and the service on the London Underground. He attacked the 'keep calm and carry on' culture pushed by the media and argued we need to do the opposite - we need to get angry, get organised and fight back, not just industrially but also on the political front. Joe Simpson, assistant general secretary of the POA prison workers' union, responded to the news of Miliband's proposals to break the union link, calling on him to "stop talking, do it and sod off so we can build a new workers' party". John McInally, PCS vice-president, questioned what the trade unions get from their support for pro-big business Labour. He also said that "those who sneer at TUSC are prepared to tell us what's wrong and why, but not what to do about it other than to vote Labour. That's not a policy, that's an abdication of responsibility." Discontent in the affiliated unions with the Labour link was reflected in the contributions from the floor. Dave Walsh from Liverpool reported on the overwhelming vote in Unite's United Left in the North West to break the Labour link. Unison branch secretary Glenn Kelly explained (in a personal capacity) that two-thirds of Unison members who pay into the political fund refuse to give money to Labour - but the leadership won't allow debate on it. 'No cuts' candidates TUSC national election agent Clive Heemskerk introduced the afternoon's discussion on the May election campaign. He pointed out that the distinguishing feature of candidates who stand for TUSC is that they pledge to oppose all cuts, to vote for no-cuts budgets and that they assert that councils have powers to resist making cuts. He challenged the idea that there is nothing Labour councils can do to fight the cuts locally, pointing to the "many, many, many loopholes that councillors could find if they were determined to beat the cuts", as has been the case with the bedroom tax. Later, referring to the enormous gains won for the working class in Liverpool in the 1980s when he was a leader of the city council, Tony Mulhearn explained that if the political will is there, you can drive a coach and horses through 'legal technicalities' - if you have the support of a mass movement. Alongside Clive on the platform was Keith Morrell, Southampton rebel councillor. He gave an inspiring look at how socialist councillors can be effective defenders of their communities. He highlighted the fear in the Labour Party of him and fellow rebel councillor Don Thomas getting re-elected: "The Labour Party are mounting a huge campaign against us. They don't want us to win because it will prove if you stand up and fight, you will get a response". The election victory of Kshama Sawant in Seattle and the progress of the Workers And Socialist Party in South Africa were pointed to throughout the day as examples of where the working class will look for and build political alternatives. Nancy Taaffe and Sarah Wrack commented on the practical examples we can take from the campaign in the US, raising the positive campaign for rent controls that has been launched in Waltham Forest in London and the 'pink roadside flashmobs' inspired by Seattle that they are using to "break the visual blockade" on TUSC. Unity and optimism Oktay Sahbaz from Day-Mer and others showed how the TUSC campaign was being taken up by the Turkish and Kurdish communities of North London and raised the importance of unity with migrant communities and workforces in fighting the cuts. He sent a "we are coming for you!" warning to the councillors where they will be standing. Joe Robinson, a TUSC town councillor elected last March in Maltby, spoke on 'how to win'. He linked today's struggles with the anniversary of the miners' strike and pointed out that while Maltby "may just be a parish council it was still an election fought on an anti-austerity platform". Contributions from the Mayor of Harrow (expelled from the Labour Party for opposing library closures), Chris Flood, a former socialist councillor in Lewisham, and many more, added to the optimistic and practical discussion on the potential for a left of Labour challenge in May. In his remarks, the POA's Joe Simpson summed up the determined mood that was evident throughout the conference when he ended his contribution with: "Is TUSC the answer? I don't know, but I'll try hard to make it the answer and the political voice for every worker in this country". www.tusc.org.uk www.socialistparty.o rg.uk ShoulderToShoulder
  • Score: -2

8:21am Wed 26 Feb 14

Anonone says...

Any news of Poole Recycling Centre?
Any news of Poole Recycling Centre? Anonone
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Mi_Coc says...

Ross henley likes taking photos of fly tipping in wellington so I am driving there to dump my rubish after 1pm on a sunday as taunton tip shuts.
Ross henley likes taking photos of fly tipping in wellington so I am driving there to dump my rubish after 1pm on a sunday as taunton tip shuts. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 1

2:11pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Anonone says...

Perhaps TUSC could take all it's rubbish to the tip - most of it is already recycled though
Perhaps TUSC could take all it's rubbish to the tip - most of it is already recycled though Anonone
  • Score: 1

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