Portsmouth rubbish dump cuts could be halted following county delay

Havant MP candidate Alan Mak alongside former Education Secretary Michael Gove and owners of Fresh From The Boat Peter and Chantelle Williams

Michael Gove visits Hayling Island business with Tory MP candidate

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PLANS to cut the opening hours of Portsmouth’s rubbish tip could be pushed back until next year.

The Port Solent site was originally due to close on a Thursday and be shut two hours less every other day of the week from the new year.

But following a decision by Hampshire County Council to delay making the same changes at its waste recycling centres until next October, Portsmouth could do the same.

A full review of all waste centres in the county was carried out so £1.55m worth of savings could be made.

A county-wide consultation of service users and the public was undertaken, which ran from March 16 to May 25 this year, via an online and paper questionnaire.

A total of 11,497 responses were received, plus a further 137 letters and five petitions against the changes.

Respondents were asked to consider whether they would be happy with; a reduction of opening days and hours, partial closure of one or more sites or a full closure of one or more sites. Hampshire has put the brakes on revised opening times due to a ‘lack of clarity’ from the government over the legality of local authorities charging for ‘DIY waste’. The delay could cost the county £600,000. Portsmouth’s decision will be made on Thursday.

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