Council –Port Solent tip not set to lose day

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PORTSMOUTH City Council has tried to dispel fears that the recycling centre at Port Solent could close one day a week.

As previously reported, rubbish tips in Havant, Waterlooville, Hayling Island, Segensworth, Gosport and Petersfield may revert to a six-day-week operation under plans by Hampshire County Council put forward to save money.

Their summer opening hours are also planned to be reduced as the council looks to save up to £720,000.

This has led to fears that closing the centres to the public for an entire day could encourage fly-tipping.

But Clive Rankin, clean city team manager at the city council, said the Portsmouth site was not going to be included in the Hampshire-wide trials.

He said: ‘We have been working with Southampton City Council and the county council to explore a range of possible changes which could deliver service improvements and financial savings.

‘We confirm however there are currently no plans to undertake any of these trials at the Portsmouth Recycling Centre in Port Solent and therefore there are no recommended changes for formal ratification at this time.

‘This may be reviewed as the project continues and any trials will be agreed within the council.’