Tip de­ci­sions Have your say on plans to ban rub­bish from site

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Robin JENK­INS robin.jenk­[email protected]­plc.com

MEM­BERS of the pub­lic have seven weeks to have their say on plans to ban gen­eral rub­bish and gar­den waste from Chel­tenham’s tip.

The con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal has been sug­gested by the bor­ough coun­cil as part of a scheme to re­vamp the tip, for­mally called a house­hold re­cy­cling cen­tre, in Swin­don Road.

Also on the table is a plan to with­draw coun­cil-pro­vided banks at four of the 12 re­cy­cling ar­eas in the town.

The pos­si­ble mea­sures were first re­vealed in June but it is be­tween now and Septem­ber 13 that the coun­cil wants peo­ple to give it their views, via a new sur­vey about re­cy­cling and how they use the house­hold re­cy­cling cen­tre.

The au­thor­ity said the re­sults of the last sur­vey, at the end of last year and the start of this year, helped shape the fu­ture of Chel­tenham’s waste and re­cy­cling ser­vices and im­prove­ment work would be car­ried out to the cen­tre in Au­gust.

It will in­clude changes to the site lay­out to make bet­ter use of the space, new sig­nage and in­ter­nal safety barri

ers and new, larger banks so that more re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als can be taken. Some of the skips for hard plas­tics and wood will also be re­fur­bished.

Coun­cil­lor Chris Cole­man (LD, St Mark’s), the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for clean and green en­vi­ron­ment, said: “I want to thank ev­ery­one who com­pleted the last waste and re­cy­cling sur­vey.

“We had over 4,200 re­sponses and we would like even more peo­ple to take part this time.

“We promised we would con­sult fur­ther on our re­cy­cling ser­vice and the house­hold re­cy­cling cen­tre and we are.

“I would like to as­sure all res­i­dents that no de­ci­sions have been taken about the fu­ture of the gen­eral waste skip or the green waste skip. This is why we are con­sult­ing again now, and we would like to know how and why you use these fa­cil­i­ties.”

The house­hold re­cy­cling cen­tre will close for one day in Au­gust for im­prove­ment work to take place. The date will be ad­ver­tised in the near fu­ture.

The on­line sur­vey can be ac­cessed at www.chel­tenham.gov.uk/waste-re­cy­cling-con­sul­ta­tion. Paper copies of it are avail­able at the coun­cil’s Mu­nic­i­pal Of­fices in Prom­e­nade, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Homes re­source cen­tres and the li­brary in Clarence Street.

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The house­hold re­cy­cling cen­tre in Swin­don Road

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