Fair Oak and Netley folk get say on recycling centres

©Richard Spencer

©Richard Spencer

Residents and small businesses in Fair Oak and Netley are being encouraged to take part in Hampshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) survey.

Meanwhile Eastleigh’s Council leader has said that the town’s long delayed new recycling centre on Chestnut Avenue will finally open at the end of 2015.

Responses to the HCC survey are welcomed from anyone with an interest in the HWRC service, however with only a week to go before the consultation closes on 22 August, these six sites have the lowest number of responses compared to their visitor numbers.

More than 5,500 surveys have already been completed, telling Hampshire County Council what people would like to see in the future from their local waste recycling centre.

The County Council is looking at different and innovative options for running the HWRC service, partly in response to further reductions in Government funding, but also to see how a modern, value-for-money service can best be achieved for Hampshire.

The HWRC survey can be found online at www.hants.gov.uk/recycling, at local libraries, council offices or by calling 0845 603 5634 and requesting a copy to be posted.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said:

“Although we have had a really good response to the consultation, I would still like to encourage people who use a HWRC in Aldershot, Alton, Basingstoke, Bordon, Fair Oak and Netley to take part, so we have a good cross section of views before making any decisions.”

Comments are invited on six main areas within the consultation:

  • Reviewing the number, location and usage of HWRCs and their suitability to meet the needs of communities now, and in the future.
  •  Introducing measures to reduce the amount of trade waste wrongly disposed of at sites, which is expensive for the Council to dispose of
  •  Accepting waste and recyclable material from small local businesses for a fee
  •  Recovering the costs of the disposal of bulky and hazardous DIY waste such as soil, rubble and plasterboard, which is not classified as household waste and is expensive to dispose of
  •  Reviewing opening times to reduce site management costs
  •  Working with charities or communities to increase re-use of furniture and other items, to further reduce the amount sent to disposal.

Woodside Avenue

Hampshire County Council has been working with Eastleigh Borough Council to move the existing congested Woodside Avenue recycling centre to larger premises on Chestnut Avenue allowing the Woodside site to be redeveloped for housing but although the project was first mooted in 2011 there has been considerable delay including objections from local businesses and concerns over dormice.

At last months borough council meeting opposition Councillor Judith Grajewski asked council leader Keith House when the new centre would open and what was the current reason for the hold up.

Cllr House replied:

“Linking a County Council waste recycling project along with a borough council housing project has proved incredibly complicated.”

He added the new recycling centre “will be opened by the end of next year – 2015.”