by Jackie Porter on 30 April, 2020
After weeks of campaigning during the lockdown,
I am delighted to be able to report that the campaign to persuade Hampshire County Council to re-open the Household Waste Recycling Centres, has succeeded!
Know that everyone who contacted me to ask why they were closed will be pleased that HCC will now re-open the facilities soon – with a safe distancing policy of course.
County bosses have confirmed that they are working on plans to re-open rubbish tips, with a number of safety measures set to be in place.
It comes as on Tuesday night Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for housing, communities and local government, asked councils to “safely plan” the opening of recycling centres in line with social distancing guidelines.
Now Hampshire County Council said it is working with its waste contractor on plans as to how and when recycling centres could re-open safely.
A date has not yet been fixed, but I am hopeful it will be in the next two weeks, after the Bank Holiday. We’ll let you know asap!
I think this good news for everyone. It will certainly assist residents wanting to dispose of waste, reduce bonfires and fly tipping incidents. Of course, it will need to be done safely and in that respect, I am grateful to those who also expressed concerns. Hopefully this will have a real impact on reducing bonfire nuisance which is distressing so many of you.