Plan to reduce waste sites hours are ‘rubbish’ say LibDems

July 20, 2014 12:00 AM
By Cllr Malcolm Cowan

Local LibDems have criticised the plans of Tory-run Herts County Council to drastically cut back on hours of opening of household waste sites ('tips'). 'We knew they would be proposing bad news when they announced that the plans would be revealed after the elections' says Handside and Peartree county councillor Malcolm Cowan. 'And we worried even more when they said the new contractor would put forward the plans, having already signed the contract, before anyone knew what was being proposed'

'And we were right to be worried - 2 sites to close, and the rest to have hours of opening cut by 43%, shutting by 4pm, and with 2 whole days per week closed. We already have major problems at Cole Green with congestion, and cars queuing out onto the high-speed A414. This plan is likely to increase the frequency of queues extending onto the road and thus the chance of a major collision.

'We have been promised a new waste site for years, but nothing has happened.

'We are told that when Cole Green is closed, people should drive to Turnford or Potters Bar, many miles away - how many people know where the waste sites are there?

LibDems are demanding that sites stay open till 6pm, with one night late opening per week. 'Many residents don't get home till after 6 o'clock - it's time the service met the needs of residents, instead of being worked around convenience of the operators' he added.

Even worse, when we raised the issue at County Hall, a prominent Conservative said the site should be closed, and the Labour leader said all sites should be candidates for closure.

LibDems petition against the plans are at saveColeGreenTip. 'I urge anyone concerned about being able to use Cole Green to sign it' said Malcolm.