It became self-evident a few weeks ago that the closure of Hampshire's Household Waste Recycling Centres was contributing to an increase in bonfires and fly-tipping. There was a direct correlation with the closure of the HWRCs.
In response to public concerns I and my Liberal Democrat colleagues called for a re-opening of the HWRCs. The County initially stated it could not because the police would not see accessing an HWRC as an essential journey and because it would be difficult to maintain social distancing on site. There was also the issue of long vehicle queues building up outside the HWRCs.
We are delighted to be able to report that the campaign to persuade Hampshire County Council to re-open the Household Waste Recycling Centres has succeeded!
We would like to express our thanks to everyone who contacted us online and through other means to support the campaign to safely re-open the facilities.
The decision was made by Councillor Rob Humby (Pictured here with our colleague Cllr David Harrison receiving an earlier petition to keep the tips open for business).
County bosses have confirmed that they are working on plans to re-open rubbish tips, with a number of social distancing measures set in place.
It comes as on Tuesday night Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for housing, communities and local government, asked councils to "safely plan" the opening of recycling centres in line with social distancing guidelines.
Now Hampshire County Council said it is working with its waste contractor on plans as to how and when recycling centres could re-open safely.
A date has not yet been fixed, but we are hopeful it will be in the next two weeks.
This is good news for everyone. It will certainly assist residents wanting to dispose of waste, reduce bonfires and fly tipping incidents. Of course, it will need to be done safely and in that respect, we are grateful to those who also expressed concerns.
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Apart from being a TVBC councillor for Abbey ward, Sandra Gidley is also President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. This body which represents pharmacists across England, Scotland and Wales. These people are vital frontline workers in this current crisis.
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