Council will ask Gloucs CC to reconsider reduced opening hours at recycling centre
Release date: 12 December 2018
Members of Cotswold District Council will be calling on Gloucestershire County Council to re-open Fosse Cross Household Recycling Centre on Tuesdays and to return to previous longer opening hours.
Cllr Jenny Forde’s motion seconded by Cllr Nigel Robbins, was backed by a majority of councillors who agreed that savings arising from the reduced opening times (10am to 4pm until 30 March 2019 and 9 am to 5 pm from 31 March until 26 October 2019) would result in Cotswold District Council having to pay more to clear up anticipated increases in fly tipping and to collect increased amounts of residual waste accumulating at homes.
Speaking after the vote, Cllr Forde said,
“I am very pleased that this motion gained cross-party support. We want HRCs to extend their opening hours so that they can be available at more convenient times - it needs to be as accessible and easy for people as possible. The new closure days were not well publicised and many residents have found the changes have been a problem for them. There feels like an increase in fly tipping too which costs the tax payer more to remove and blights our beautiful countryside."
Leader of the Council, Cllr Tony Berry, added,
“While we realise their need to trim the budget, we urge Gloucestershire County Council to reconsider this decision for the sake of residents across the Cotswolds – and, indeed , elsewhere in the county.”