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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Fears Millom waste site hours cut will lead to fly-tipping rise

A PLANNED reduction in the opening hours of a busy tip has led to fears over a rise in fly-tipping.

Millom’s Household Waste Recycling Centre, in Mainsgate Road, is set to go from opening five days per week to two days per week.

The move was announced by Cumbria County Council in March 2012, but due to “complicated” legal and contractual obligations the reduction has not yet taken place.

However, the Evening Mail understands employees at waste management firm Shanks, which runs Cumbria’s HWRCs, were called to a meeting last week and told the reductions would be implemented shortly.

Shanks holds a 25-year-contract, started in 2009, to run the council’s MWRC sites.

The county council had originally consulted on plans to close the tip to meet budget cuts imposed by central government, but after a public outcry it was decided to instead reduce the opening hours of HWRCs across the county.

Councillor Frank McPhillips, who sits on Millom Town Council, said: “If they reduce it like they say then I’m certainly concerned about fly-tipping. We have problems with it now when it’s open five days a week, and it would just get worse.”

Problems with fly-tipping have plagued RSPB Hodbarrow nature reserve and the nearby slag bank for several years.

In April last year tyres were dumped and burned at the Slag Bank off Mainsgate Road, while a suitcase full of X-rated DVDs was found near Hodbarrow.

In June building materials including asbestos roof tiles were dumped at the RSPB Hodbarrow nature reserve.

Cllr McPhillips said: “It’s a well used tip; when you go down it is always busy. In this day and age when the council are pushing recycling, reducing the opening times of the tip is going to make it harder for people to do so.”

Millom mayor and Cumbria county councillor, Brian Crawford, echoed those concerns, saying: “I am very concerned. It’s used by a lot of people in the area and I use it a lot myself.

“It’s yet another service being reduced in Millom, this keeps happening.”

The reduction in opening hours across Cumbria’s MWRCs was intended to save £1.5m.

A spokesman for the county council said: “Scaling back the opening hours of our Household Waste Recycling Centres was deemed preferable to closing sites, but was a necessary savings measure.

“Legal and contractual negotiations to make this happen have been complicated and are ongoing. We cannot confirm at this stage when the change will be implemented, but we will inform the public in advance of any change to the current opening hours.”

Have your say

I don't live in Millom but my husband does and we have been to the tip. Where I live might be a bigger place but at least we can get rid of rubbish. You are only asking for people to tip so be aware its not the peoples fault if you don't provide the right place 2 days open is not enough.

Posted by teresa on 7 March 2014 at 19:45

This is not going to save money in the long run...someone is going to have to sort out the fly tipping and that will cost money!
There is no doubt about it, the fly tippers will leave even more rubbish In this area, as they already do and it's open 5 days. It's already a mess with lazy people dumping tyres, rubbish bags and whatever else they can't be bothered to dispose of properly.
It's a disgrace and we are losing yet another service.
We pay our council tax, yet it seems we are not getting our monies worth. No police station. No funding for the war memorial, buses, people waiting long lengths of time for an ambulance...etc etc etc...
Do Whitehaven, Workington, Egremont, Penrith have these cuts?
Why is it always millom?

Posted by Jacqueline on 14 February 2014 at 08:38

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