A CONSULTATION on proposals to bring allotments to open space has been extended.
People can now give comments on the Stroud Green allotment plans until Monday, June 26.
It comes as Fareham Borough Council wants to add a further 35 plots to the open space in Stubbington.
This will be discussed at the CAT meeting in Holy Rood Church on June 20th
Link to The News article.
"But the authority says Whitehall has caused ‘confusion’ over future policy which means that savings plans, including charges, may now need to be reconsidered."
If it is found to be an illegal charge will we all be able to reclaim the charges that we have paid so far?
I thought that there was enough animosity at these changes right at the start and now it looks as if HCC may have to cancel the charges and the changes to opening hours.
But they still can't accept any more fridges and freezers. You couldn't make it up really could you.
Link to The News article
Council stores are full of old freezers and fridges because the Government has not kept tabs on what the manufacturers are doing to meet their responsiblities under the WEEE regulations. What is the point in passing legislation when it only affects the end user unless it is properly policed? I wonder just how much this is going to cost us because the manufacturers have failed in their duties.
NO MORE FRIDGES/FREEZERS AT TIPS?
There is a national scheme put in place by the manufacturers, and regulated by the Government to address the management of end of life fridges and freezers. This dates from the concerns identified a number of years ago over CFC gases in the coolant and insulation on fridges and freezers, which requires them to be de-constructed in a controlled environment.
The responsibility for the safe disposal of redundant fridges and freezers rests with the manufacturers who have been required to set up a scheme to collect and deal with such appliances. Hampshire County Council, like many county councils, has continued to accept these appliances at their waste centres for collection and disposal through the manufacturer’s scheme, so householders are not inconvenienced.
However the national scheme has now effectively ground to a halt, as a result of inadequate re-processing capacity, a machinery failure at one plant, and very limited storage organised by the manufacturer’s scheme, leaving councils across the country with hundreds of redundant fridges and freezers filling up their waste centres, and with escalating costs for temporary storage, even if it can be found and agreed with the Environment Agency.
Until the Manufacturers act to resolve this, I regret to say that, with over 2,500 fridges already filling our HWRCs and all the extra storage we’ve been able to provide, we are rapidly approaching full capacity, and the scheme’s ‘emergency’ collections have not happened on anything like a sufficient scale over the last week or so to relieve the continuing build up as high numbers of units continue to be brought in. Hampshire County Council's daily update has now indicated that it we are at the point where it has almost exhausted our storage capacity. Given the fact that we are now starting the weekend, and we are expecting more units to come in, we are likely to put a formal no more fridges/freezers message out next week. In the meantime the council has issued a press statement to advise residents along these lines and to explain why there is a problem (we have also identified the need for Government as the regulator of the scheme to take action to get the manufacturers to resolve the problem).
Over the weekend the council is maintaining its existing approach which basically asks people to call HWRCs in advance to make sure they can accept their fridge/freezer; but residents may potentially be turned away at some sites.
Hamshire County Council have now announced the additional charges for waste disposal
Soil and rubble: £2.50 per part or whole 30 litre bag, or per item.
Plasterboard: £10 per sheet, or £6 per 30 litre bag.
Cement-bonded asbestos: £12 per sheet.
Wonder how much of this extra income will now need to be spent on clearing fly-tipping?
Hampshire County seems to have set it's course on closing ALL Waste Recycling Plants on Thursday and then saving another 12 hours opening by not opening until two hours on the other days of the week. I wonder if the staff are on zero hours contracts and will see their pay fall proportionately.
On top of this they are trying to get the law changed to allow them to charge per visit for residents that are already paying for this service.
As everybody (other than the people that are making this decision) is saying "how much extra will this add to the fly-tipping costs".
Link to Daily Echo article Mears Care has scrapped its contract with Hampshire County Council in Fareham and Gosport.
Quotes from this article in The Daily Echo 20-01-2016
Link to Daily Echo article Quote from this article in The Daily Echo 19-01-2016
"HOUSEHOLD waste recycling sites across Hampshire are under threat from new costing-cutting plans that aim to save at least £1.2 million a year.
Some of the 24 sites are likely to see a cut in opening hours while others could close completely under proposals being drawn up by the county council.
The cash-strapped authority is also exploring the idea of charging people every time they use the facilities."