Opening hours cut at Chard Recycling Centre

First published in News

PEOPLE who went along to the household waste recycling centre in Chard on Tuesday and Wednesday would have found it closed.

The changes came into force with the implementation of new opening hours for recycling centres across Somerset.

But the decision to close the centre at Beeching Close for two days a week has angered some – the facility only opened 14 months ago at a cost of £1.2m.

Plans for a new waste facility for the town were first proposed over five years ago after the tip at Chaffcombe was deemed unsuitable to meet Somerset County Council’s recycling targets.

But with it now being closed on two days during the week and only open at weekends from 8am to 4pm on Saturday and 8am to 1pm on Sunday, some people fear it could lead to an increase in fly-tipping. Other recycling centres in South Somerset at Yeovil and Somerton are also closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

People will have to pay a £1.20 fee to use the facility at the Blacknell Lane In-dustrial Estate in Crewkerne, although that will be closed on Thursday and Fri-day.

A spokesman for the Somerset Waste Partnership, which looks after the recycling centres on behalf of the county council, said: “These new changes to opening hours have come about to make savings needed by the county council.”

He added that ‘other options’ were available for people to recycle, including kerbside garden waste facilities and other recycling collections. “We will be opening from 8am, so people can drop stuff off on their way into work.”

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7:06am Fri 8 Apr 11

ChardCentral says...

This is madness.
If you need to make savings, cut council top-management salaries instead.
This is madness. If you need to make savings, cut council top-management salaries instead. ChardCentral
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10:02am Fri 8 Apr 11

somersetsteve says...

It's was bad enough when it was open the correct hours to get in and out easily.Now we have the situation where we have less hours ,more people trying to visit the facility due to summer ie:more grass/hedge cuttings ,on top of this we will have some people from Crewkerne who will naturally try to use our facility as their own facility is now being penalised by them having to pay for what should be a free facility.
I for one will know what to do when the local elections start.
Usual story too many CHIEFS and not enough INDIANS,
It's was bad enough when it was open the correct hours to get in and out easily.Now we have the situation where we have less hours ,more people trying to visit the facility due to summer ie:more grass/hedge cuttings ,on top of this we will have some people from Crewkerne who will naturally try to use our facility as their own facility is now being penalised by them having to pay for what should be a free facility. I for one will know what to do when the local elections start. Usual story too many CHIEFS and not enough INDIANS, somersetsteve
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12:38pm Fri 8 Apr 11

mgm2001 says...

Perhaps if the previous Lib-Dem County Council had not lost so much money in Icelandic Banks, even after being advised to withdraw it, they would not have to have made these cuts
Perhaps if the previous Lib-Dem County Council had not lost so much money in Icelandic Banks, even after being advised to withdraw it, they would not have to have made these cuts mgm2001
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12:54pm Tue 12 Apr 11

*Flick* says...

Just seems so stupid to encourage people to recycle, then cut the hours right down!
At least there has not been the same problem as in Bridgwater - where people just left their rubbish at the gates!!
Just seems so stupid to encourage people to recycle, then cut the hours right down! At least there has not been the same problem as in Bridgwater - where people just left their rubbish at the gates!! *Flick*
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