Fa­ther’s anger as fam­ily ‘van’ de­nied ac­cess to new tip

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - All Change For Collection System -

A fa­ther from Ash­ford was left an­gry and con­fused af­ter twice be­ing re­fused en­try to the town’s new house­hold waste re­cy­cling cen­tre due to a dis­pute over the size of his ve­hi­cle.

John Rum­bold vis­ited the newly re­opened tip on Mon­day in his un­marked Vaux­hall Vi­varo but was turned away at the gate by a su­per­vi­sor who said that com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles were not al­lowed to use the Kent County Coun­cil cen­tre.

Mr Rum­bold said: “I was told I was not al­lowed to un­load be­cause I was in a van, so I was left sit­ting out­side the tip with a load of rub­bish in the back of my ve­hi­cle.

“My car is not a works van. I use it ev­ery day for the school run and to get around in.

“We chose to have a big car as it is easy to throw the kids’ bikes in the back when we are out for the day. It’s more like a mini van but it does have two seats in the back where the kids sit.”

Af­ter be­ing turned away he checked the rules on KCC’s web­site re­gard­ing vans en­ter­ing the tip. It states that if your van is the only ve­hi­cle in your house­hold you may qual­ify for a voucher to al­low you to dis­pose of your waste at the site.

The cri­te­ria also states that a van is classed as hav­ing a load-car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity in­stead of rear seats and panels in­stead of win­dows.

Mr Rum­bold’s Vi­varo has win­dows and rear seats.

He added: “I don’t see why I should be pe­nalised by hav­ing to ap­ply for a voucher when on both points my ve­hi­cle doesn’t meet the cri­te­ria.

The voucher only al­lows to 12 vis­its a year and I don’t see why I should be re­stricted.

“We waited a long time for the tip to re-open and I don’t see why the coun­cil didn’t send out a leaflet with all the new rules. We have had plenty of in­for­ma­tion through about the new wheelie bins.

“I’m not happy be­cause we pay all th­ese bills just to be turned away.”

Tak­ing the printed out cri­te­ria with him on Tues­day, Mr Rum­bold, of Litte Bur­ton Farm, again at­tempted to use the tip, but was agin re­fused en­try.

He said: “I still need to get rid of the rub­bish and ob­vi­ously I won’t fly-tip. What is an­noy­ing is that they didn’t look at my rub­bish in the back, if they had they would

‘My car is not a works van. I use it ev­ery day for the school run and to get around in’

have seen that I only had rub­bish from the gar­den and an old pad­dling pool. My only op­tion now is to pay to dis­pose of my rub­bish.”

A spokesper­son for Kent County Coun­cil said: “Since Oc­to­ber 1, 2012, com­mer­cial type ve­hi­cles, such as vans and pick-ups, have been ex­cluded from ac­cess­ing all Kent’s House­hold Waste Re­cy­cling Cen­tres, fol­low­ing a re­view, pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and Cabi­net Mem­ber de­ci­sion.

“This pol­icy has also been adopted by most other waste dis­posal au­thor­i­ties, and is one mea­sure to com­bat for­mer abuse of th­ese fa­cil­i­ties by busi­nesses and traders il­lic­itly de­posit­ing com­mer­cial waste at the sites.

“This had been cost­ing Kent tax­pay­ers ap­prox­i­mately £500,000 per year in un­nec­es­sary dis­posal charges.

“There is a ve­hi­cle voucher scheme avail­able to res­i­dents whose sole ve­hi­cle is ex­cluded un­der this pol­icy, to en­sure they have ac­cess to dis­pose of their own house­hold waste at th­ese fa­cil­i­ties.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group. co.uk

John Rum­bold who was turned away from the Cobbs Wood In­dus­trial Es­tate bea­cause he was in a van which he uses as a fam­ily car

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