Input to shape waste centres
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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.