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"Urgent review" into recycling depot opening times

Created on 30/05/2017 @ 17:04
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An "urgent review" is to take place into the opening times and restrictions imposed on access to the Newtown recycling centre in Newtown.

Powys County Council's Cabinet member for Waste and Llanidloes local representative, Phyl Davies, announced the move today following concern at the cut from seven days a week opening to just three and only one of these was at the weekend.

He also said restrictions, such as not allowing vans and trailers on to the sites would also be reconsidered.

The review will also include Welshpool and other sites in Powys. It follows campaigns and protests from all political sides and the public over the reduction in access to the site at Wern Ddu Lane in Newtown and Welshpool which led to fly tipping outside the sites as well as claims of an increase elsewhere.

Mr Davies said: “I have called for a very urgent review of the impact of the changes introduced at the county’s household waste and recycling centres. We will also look again at the vehicle restrictions that were introduced at the same time.

“Powys is committed to reducing waste and increasing recycling rates but the recent changes have sent out mixed messages and we need to reassure the public. The changes have attracted considerable comment and were the centre of public concern during the council election campaign.

“It was always the council’s intention to review the impact of the changes but I have asked for that work to take place as a matter of urgency.

"This cabinet is committed to delivering changes for the residents of Powys and tackling the issues that are causing most concern,” he added.

Opening days at the five household waste centres Brecon, Llandegley, Newtown, Welshpool and Lower Cwmtwrch in Ystradgynlais were reduced in February following a review of the service.

The current opening days and times for the centres are:             

•               Newtown: Tuesday and Thursdays (9am-5pm); Sundays (9am-4pm)
•               Welshpool: Monday and Fridays (9am-5pm); Saturdays (9am-4pm)

Restrictions on the type of vehicles that can access the centres came into effect at the same time.


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