We have been told by Surrey County Council that they are launching a consultation about possible changes to community recycling centres (CRCs).
They say that Council very much regrets having to make these proposals. Whilst the proposals create efficiencies, which take into current account patterns of use, they are at the same time a reduction in service that they know is highly valued by our residents.
SCC state that continued cuts to funding, rising costs and increasing demand for key services mean that the need to find savings has reached unprecedented levels.
The following changes are proposed:
1. Permanent closure of four smaller CRCs – Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham
2. Ending the free daily allowance of non-household waste
3. Closing CRCs on two weekdays so all sites are open for five days a week
4. Restricting users of vans, trailers and pick-ups to larger CRCs only
5. Ensuring CRCs in Camberley and Farnham are only used by Surrey residents
For more information, please visit the consultation webpage at www.surreycc.gov.uk/recyclingcentres. The questionnaire will be live from Friday 23 June.
Hard copies will also be available at CRCs and by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053 456. The consultation closes on Monday 7 August. SCC is encouraging consultation returns to be made via the above webpage where at all possible for ease of processing.
The consultation responses will be used to inform the final plans which will be agreed by SCC’s cabinet this autumn.