THERE are fears the potential closure of a recycling centre to save cash could increase the area’s fly-tipping problems.
Hampshire County Council will begin a consultation on plans to close some household waste recycling centres later this month.
We as a county and country need to recycle more, not lessJohn Perry
There are several possible ways forward – but in a leaked councillors’ briefing seen by The News, closing Hayling Island is an option put forward in every model by the council.
Councillor John Perry, who represents Hayling on Havant Borough Council, said closing the centre in Fishery Lane would cause fly-tipping across the island.
He said: ‘The opening hours of the site were reduced in 2015.
‘We fear that Tory plans to close the site will lead to a reduction in recycling and a risk that waste will be dumped across the island.
‘That would lead to extra cost for Havant Borough Council and ultimately the residents, in collecting and disposing of the dumped waste. The island’s roads are already extremely busy and the effect of closure would add to the already-congested roads.
‘Hampshire cite the reason for closure as the desire to make cost savings.
‘We contend that it is not only undesirable but also unnecessary to close the island’s recycling facilities. Hampshire county councillors in Winchester should encourage their leaders in Westminster to reverse the reallocation of budgets that could result in the closure of the Hayling Island Recycling Centre.
‘We, as a county and country, need to recycle more, not less.’
A new contractor will take on the household waste recycling centres from April and the council says sticking with the status quo is not an option.
In the councillors’ briefing the council admits a previous consultation found that household recycling centres are the council service used most by respondents. But it has more than any neighbouring county.
In a statement Councillor Sean Woodward, who is in charge of environment at the council, said: ‘Ongoing reductions in our government funding mean we must continually look very carefully at where we focus our resources. Looking at the costs of running our household waste recycling centre service is part of this.
‘We have begun to model a number of different scenarios around possible changes to the service, and, once refined, we will be asking for Hampshire residents’ views on these in a public consultation later this month.’