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Cuts threaten council waste services in Hampshire

Waste and recycling centres in Hart and Rushmoor could be next to be hit by Hampshire County Council budget cuts

With less than a month left for residents and small businesses to tell the council their thoughts it seems their waste services could be most at risk.

Thousands of responses have been received in the first six weeks of a consultation on what people expect from their household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) but Hampshire County Council wants even more small businesses and residents to have their say.

The council is looking at options for running the HWRC service, partly in response to further reductions in government funding, to see how a modern, value-for-money service can best be achieved.

Rushmoor has two HWRCs, in Eelmoor Road, Farnborough, and Ivy Road, Aldershot, while Hart’s is located in the Springwell Lane depot in Hartley Wintney. Aldershot is also likely to get an upgraded facility as part of the Project Wellesley urban expansion.

The results of the survey will be used to inform the council’s HWRC management contract from April 2015.

Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment, said: “So far we have had more than 4,000 responses to the HWRC survey but we are still encouraging more people to take part.

“In particular we would like more small businesses to have their say so we can gauge their interest in the possibility of using the HWRC service.”

Comments are invited on six main areas within the consultation. These include reviewing the number, location and opening times of centres, reducing waste that is wrongly taken to them and recovering costs to dispose of them, accepting waste and recyclable material from small businesses for a fee, and working with charities or communities to increase the recycling of furniture and other items.

Cllr Woodward added: “Services across the council have to find savings, and the HWRCs are no exception. We have an excellent record for diverting waste from landfill in Hampshire, and we want to keep it that way.

“We’ve looked carefully at how residents are using HWRCs, the frequency of use and the type of waste disposed. We have some options that would either save money or generate income to offset costs, to ensure the service is sustainable in the long-term.

“What we need to do now, is find out from Hampshire’s residents what they think of these options, and hear what’s most important to people.”

The HWRC survey can be accessed online , at local libraries, council offices or by calling 0845 6035634 and requesting a copy in the post.

Completed forms need to be returned to the council no later than Friday August 22.

 

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