In­put to shape waste cen­tres


Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By Chloe De­save

AL­MOST 12,000 Hamp­shire res­i­dents have had their say af­ter re­spond­ing to Hamp­shire County Coun­cil’s public con­sul­ta­tion on the House­hold Waste Re­cy­cling Cen­tres ( HWRC) sav­ing op­tions.

In the doc­u­ment, Alder­shot and Hart­ley Wint­ney were two of the most ex­pen­sive sites for the coun­cil to run, while Farn­bor­ough was listed as one of the cheap­est.

Sev­eral choices were pre­sented in­clud­ing the re­duc­tion of open­ing hours and par­tial clo­sures or full clo­sures of some of the cen­tres.

Res­i­dents were asked for their pre­ferred op­tion to open­ing times. They were also asked if there were to be clo­sures of some of the smaller sites which they would choose for the axe.

The public con­sul­ta­tion ran for 10 weeks to May 25.

Ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the en­vi­ron­ment and trans­port, Coun­cil­lor Rob Humby, will be de­cid­ing how the cen­tres will be changed on July 22 to help meet the fund­ing deficit.

Cllr Humby said: “We know that the HWRCs are well thought of and well used by peo­ple in Hamp­shire, and I think the num­ber of re­sponses we re­ceived re­in­forces this point.”

The coun­cil has ex­pe­ri­enced cuts as its cen­tral gov­ern­ment fund­ing has halved.

It has planned to make sav­ings to meet its £ 98 mil­lion fund­ing short­fall by April 2017, even with los­ing £ 48 mil­lion from its gov­ern­ment grant this year.

Cllr Humby added: “The feed­back we have is ex­tremely use­ful and will help us to shape the changes that will need to be made to es­tab­lish a fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able model for the whole of Hamp­shire, for the fu­ture.”

The re­sponses will now be an­a­lysed with the other ev­i­dence and data from each site. The anal­y­sis re­port of the con­sul­ta­tion will be avail­able on www. hants. gov. uk/ hwrc2016 af­ter the de­ci­sion day meet­ing next month.

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