Tip hours could lead to dumping

Flashback to the queues encountered last summer after a change in hours at Spalding Houshould Waste Recycling Centre in West Marsh Road.
Flashback to the queues encountered last summer after a change in hours at Spalding Houshould Waste Recycling Centre in West Marsh Road.

A councillor has vowed to keep a close eye on new winter opening hours at Spalding tip amid fears it could lead to an explosion in fly-tipping.

From November 1, the Household Waste Recycling Centre in West Marsh Road will close three days a week, opening just on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The changes were announced earlier this year as part of Lincolnshire County Council’s efforts to cut spending.

The 8am to 4pm opening will bring Spalding’s site into line with others across the county, although it will open an hour earlier than most in a bid to avoid a repeat of the summer when huge queues blocked West Marsh Road and even the nearby A16 roundabout.

In light of the changes and previous problems, South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for waste management Roger Gambba-Jones has urged people to be patient when trying to get into the centre.

He said: “People need to remember that these changes are not the county council just going out of their way to make life difficult for people.

“They have been necessary because of cuts to local government financing and we will just have to keep our fingers crossed about what it will mean.

“I think the people who bother to make the drive to West Marsh Road are the responsible citizens who are willing to go out of their way to get rid of their rubbish, but if the tip is not open or there are huge queues when they want to use it, my concern is that it could lead to South Holland becoming one big rubbish dump as people choose to fly-tip instead.

“We will monitor the situation and if that does happen they will we have to challenge the county council over opening hours.”

A spokesman for the county council said the aim of the changes was “to provide the best possible recycling service within the confines of the waste budget that now exists and the situation continues to be monitored.”