County coun­cil axes plan to close four re­cy­cling cen­tres

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SUR­REY County Coun­cil (SCC) has per­formed a U-turn on its plans to close down four re­cy­cling cen­tres across the county.

The de­ci­sion comes af­ter al­most 14,000 peo­ple re­sponded to the con­sul­ta­tion, op­pos­ing the coun­cils plans to close cen­tres in Dork­ing , Cran­leigh, Bagshot and War­ling­ham .

In a state­ment, Coun­cil­lor Mike Good­man, cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and trans­port, said: “We’d like to thank res­i­dents for their feed­back on our pro­pos­als.

“We’ve lis­tened and as a re­sult I’ll be rec­om­mend­ing to the cab­i­net that we keep all our com­mu­nity re­cy­cling cen­tres (CRC) open.”

Other pro­posed changes had in­cluded end­ing the free daily al­lowance of non­house­hold waste, clos­ing CRCs on two week­days which, ac­cord­ing to Cllr Good­man, the coun­cil still plans to en­act.

He said: “We are fi­nal­is­ing the plans at the mo­ment but it is clear that we’ll not now be able to achieve all of the hoped-for £2 mil­lion sav­ings.”

SCC needs to make more than £100m of cut-backs this year and clos­ing the re­cy­cling cen­tres was one of the ways it had hoped to con­trib­ute to its sav­ings.

The ini­tial pro­posal to close the cen­tres was met by one of largest re­sponses the SCC has re­ceived.

The con­sul­ta­tion re­ceived 13,637 re­sponses, 13,573 of which were from res­i­dents and 64 were from or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups (such as other coun­cils).

The con­sul­ta­tion in­cluded men­tion of plans to en­sure CRCs in Cam­ber­ley and Farn­ham are only used by Sur­rey res­i­dents, and re­strict­ing users of vans, trail­ers and pick-ups to larger cen­tres only – nei­ther of which were men­tioned by Cllr Good­man.

The most pop­u­lar pro­posal among re­spon­dents was the plan to en­sure that CRCs in Cam­ber­ley and Farn­ham were only used by Sur­rey res­i­dents.

Con­versely, clos­ing CRCs was ranked as the least pre­ferred change, with more than half of re­spon­dents dis­agree­ing or strongly dis­agree­ing with the clo­sure of each sug­gested site.

Writ­ers of the coun­cil’s re­port noted that “re­spon­dents in par­tic­u­lar high­lighted that any re­duc­tion to a CRC ser­vice, es­pe­cially per­ma­nently clos­ing CRCs, would in­crease fly-tip­ping”.

Lib­eral Demo­crat county coun­cil­lor Stephen Cook­sey, said: “I am pleased that so many res­i­dents re­sponded in such strong terms to the county coun­cil’s con­sul­ta­tion, send­ing them a clear mes­sage that the CRCs should be re­tained and these un­pop­u­lar pro­pos­als dropped.

“This con­sul­ta­tion has gen­er­ated one of the largest re­sponses ever and I am call­ing for the cab­i­net to re­spect the wishes of the res­i­dents of Sur­rey and main­tain these vi­tal ser­vices”.

The re­sults will be dis­cussed by SCC at a cab­i­net meet­ing on Septem­ber 26.

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