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End of the road for misery of tip queues

Chaos caused by queues for Spaldings waste recycling centre last summer are unlikely to be repeated when its  opening hours are extended.

Chaos caused by queues for Spaldings waste recycling centre last summer are unlikely to be repeated when its opening hours are extended.

Chaos caused by queues for Spalding’s waste recycling centre last summer are unlikely to be repeated when its opening hours are extended.

Hours were slashed at the site in West Marsh Road as part of Lincolnshire County Council’s cost-cutting last year – which saw the gates closed every Tuesday.

But after tailbacks became a regular sight, the decision has been taken that the recycling centre will open every day during the summer season, which begins on April 1.

But work being carried out by South Holland District Council could mean fewer journeys to the tip for residents in the long-run.

It is currently considering a new green waste collection service, which would help residents dispose of garden rubbish.

Waste portfolio holder Roger-Gambba-Jones said it was very early days but a feasibility study would be carried out to see if a kerbside collection was possible.

The absence of a green waste collection in the district was cited as one of the reasons for the queues at the recycling depot last summer, but council leader Gary Porter had said the introduction of such a scheme could jeopardise weekly refuse collections because of the cost issue.

He says the new study will look at the different collection methods available, but said it would mean the end of weekly rubbish collections “over my dead body”.

Coun Porter said: “If the council loses it’s senses and decides there will no longer be a weekly rubbish collection then it will be looking for a new leader.

“I will not be leader if they cut weekly collections.

“But nothing is yet off the table with regards a green collection and we are working up a scheme and will see what happens.

“If we think it’s a runner it will then have to go through policy development, so it is still a little way off yet.”

Coun Gambba-Jones said the council was considering a green waste collection service because it is what residents have said they wan.

He added: “It’s early days but the county council has promised us technical help in working up a feasibility study for it so it could become a reality within two season.”

He also welcomed the change of heart over opening hours at the household waste recycling centre, saying he hoped it would address the problems experienced last summer when police threatened to start issuing tickets to drivers blocking the road as far back as the A16 roundabout as they queued for the tip.

Lincolnshire County Council executive member for waste services and green issues, Coun Lewis Strange said: “Our discussions with the local community underlined the fact that there was a problem.

“We’ve listened to our residents, we’ve accepted what they have told us and we have taken the appropriate action to resolve it.

“The changes will help to ease traffic congestion on nearby roads.”

Opening hours from April 1 will be seven days a week from 8am to 4pm. The site used to open until 6pm but records show few use it after 4pm.

 

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