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Reverse van ban at recycling sites says AM

 
Created on 12/04/2017 @ 16:15
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A stipulation that no vans can be used at Newtown recycling and waste centre “shows a complete lack of common sense,” according to Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George.

The new rule, part of the cut back in opening times and other regulations brought in by Powys County Council, means that any van, whether only used for personal use or commercial, is banned from entering the Wern Ddu site as well as Welshpool’s.

Mr George said the rule was “absurd.”
 
He has been contacted by local residents who have  complained that they have been barred from entering their local recycling sites in small vans because they are seen as “commercial vehicles” in spite of it being their only household vehicle which is not used for commercial purposes.
 
Powys County Council responded to say that in order to make savings, there would be no “dilution” of the policy to accommodate those people who use small vans as their only mode of transport.

It comes as the opening hours of the two centres has been reduced to just three days, two in the week and one on the weekend. Pick-up trucks have also been banned from the sites.
 
Mr George said: “Powys County Council’s inflexibility is absolutely absurd and shows a total lack of common sense.
 
“One resident explained that he only has access to a small van as his only mode of transport and the council have basically said that it is not their problem and that he won’t be able to access any household recycling centre to dispose of his non-commercial waste.
 
“My constituent even offered to provide evidence that his vehicle is not insured for commercial purposes but Powys County Council have simply put up a brick wall in front of him.
 
“It cannot be right that residents are discriminated against for owning a small van for personal use and I would like to see a reversal of this ill-conceived policy which only makes people wonder what they are paying their council tax for if they can’t access the services which are provided by the council.
 
A Montgomeryshire resident, Ian Harrison, said: “This is an issue which many people are concerned about. The change of policy makes no sense and I hope that when we have a new intake of councillors in May, this decision will be reversed.”


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