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No change to "diabolical" waste permit system

Created on 28/01/2018 @ 09:46
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There will no changes to the permit system for residents vans using Newtown's waste and recycling centre.

There has been criticism of the system that means residents have to apply for permits if they have vans or use trailers to transport waste and recycling to the site at Wern Ddu Lane in Newtown, as well as the site in Welshpool.

The new system was brought in last September after all vans and commercial vehicles had been banned from using the sites as part of an initial changes to times and permissions to sue the sits last April.

The changes to opening times and the ban on vans and trailers caused outrage among residents, many of whom only had vans to drive in.

But in a response to a letter from a Powys resident about the system being "diabolical."

Philip Bettley wrote to Llanidloes county councillor, Phyl Davies, who is Portfolio Holder for Property and Waste at Powys County Council.

In the letter, he said: "For decades I have been a good citizen, keeping our own home and environment tidy by taking often bulky items to a recycling facility. Frequently, I have helped family, neighbours and friends to do the same sometimes by hiring a van.

"For the first time in my life this ability has been removed by Powys County Council forcing me to register one specific vehicle that can be permitted to enter the recycling facility.

"I have a small van for domestic use only; my wife has a trailer; sometimes we hire a larger van when projects arise.

"Your policy of enforcing trade waste to pay for disposal is understandable, but your process for achieving this is diabolical. Me, and anyone else from my address, should be able to take non trade waste to the recycling facility as many times as may be necessary, in whatever vehicle, van or trailer we choose.

"Your job is to enforce the trade waste issue, and in doing so not prevent domestic users from fulfilling their civic duty.
The current permit system was hastily conceived and is not fit for purpose. Please will you rethink this process?"

In response, Cllr Davies said the system was used by other councils in the country and he did not see it being changed.

He said: "The Household Waste Recycling Centres are provided for residents to dispose of their own household waste.

"They are not provided for commercial use as under the legislation businesses must make their own arrangements for their waste and recycling and are required to pay for this service ensuring that all relevant documentation is held to prove that they have disposed of their waste legally.

"Unfortunately many businesses do try to circumvent the system and illegally use the Household Waste Recycling Centres. It is of course impossible to prevent all such use, but having controls in place for commercial vehicles and trailers does make it more difficult.

"We do appreciate that this may inconvenience householders who do use a commercial vehicle as their private mode of transport, but unfortunately it is very difficult for a site attendant to identify what is and what isn’t commercial waste as it may look identical."

He added: "With regards to the permit system being ‘hastily conceived and not fit for purpose’, this system is commonly used by many other authorities, several of whom we spoke with prior to its implementation.

"Since the policy was introduced we have made some minor alterations, for example increasing the length of permitted trailers from 2.1 to 2.4 metres, but we are not in a position to make any significant changes if we are to realise the savings that the authority must make."

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