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Petition to: Oppose the proposed closure of Dorking Community Recycling Centre

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Surrey County Council to Oppose the proposed closure of Dorking Community Recycling Centre. More details

Petition update 2 from the council, 30 January 2019

The Cabinet’s combined response to petitions concerning Community Recycling Centres

The council is faced with some very tough decisions about the way it delivers services to ensure it can continue to support its most vulnerable residents. Therefore we have had to look again at the operation of Surrey’s community recycling centres (CRCs), and launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the service. We have listened carefully to the views expressed in the public consultation, and have taken them into consideration when developing a final plan. However changes to the service are absolutely necessary to set a sustainable budget, which enables us to continue to deliver a valued service to our residents in Surrey.

We are recommending that the CRCs in Farnham and Lyne are retained noting that their closure would have effected a greater number of users. However to deliver the required level of savings, we are recommending the permanent closure of the CRCs located in Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham. We recognise this will be an unpopular choice with residents who use these sites, and for this reason we are recommending that the closure is deferred until 1 October 2019, to allow us time to determine if a different operational or funding model could achieve the same level of saving as closing them would do. This will include assessing the impact of limiting their use to recycling centres only.

In the event that it proves necessary to close these 4 CRCs, to reduce the impact of this, we are recommending that the opening hours at Camberley, Caterham and Leatherhead CRCs be extended to seven days a week. We are also looking at bolstering staffing numbers with the charging scheme, and Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology, to process users faster, and enforce against illegitimate site use by traders.

We acknowledge the concerns raised about fly-tipping. From our experience of recent changes to the service, and anecdotal evidence from other local authorities who have closed sites fly-tipping is not expected to increase. In recent years the service have introduced measures to enforce against illegitimate use of CRCs by traders and this is reflected in the lower amounts of waste and visitors that the service is now dealing with. However it’s possible that some traders are still illegitimately using the CRCs that are proposed for closure, and therefore there is a risk that fly-tipping could increase. We will continue to monitor the position with fly-tipping, and will work with partners to tackle the issue.

We understand the concern about new dwellings and expected population growth in Surrey. However the sites we are recommending for closure are not equipped to handle more users, and we need to send new users to our facilities that are better equipped to handle more waste and visitors. That said, in the next 10-15 years the council would hope to see the positive effects of extended producer responsibility, and advancement in technology, which in theory should mean that businesses take more responsibility for dealing with items such as waste packaging, further reducing the need for recycling centres.

The recommended changes put forward to Cabinet represent a very tough decision, but necessary in the financial context of the council. We believe these recommendations will still deliver a valued service to our residents, and will continue to support the strategic aims of increasing recycling and reducing landfill, and meets our legal requirements as a Waste Disposal Authority.

Mr Tim Oliver
Leader of the Council
29 January 2019

Petition update 1 from the council, 07 January 2019

Dear Petition Signers,

This petition has reached enough signatures to be considered at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 29 January 2019.

This meeting will be held at 2pm on Tuesday 29 January 2019 in the Ashcombe Suite at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2DN.

The lead petitioner may speak for three minutes at the meeting and a response to the petition will be tabled at the meeting and published within the meeting’s minutes.

This is a public meeting so signers can attend to watch the discussion and this meeting is also webcast so signers can watch this live using the following link:
https://surreycc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

Kind Regards,

Vicky Hibbert
Senior Manager – Governance
Democratic Services
Tel: 02085419299
Email: vicky.hibbert@surreycc.gov.uk

More details from petition creator

We, the undersigned, oppose the proposed closure of the Dorking Community Recycling Centre and request Surrey County Council to retain for at least three days, and preferably seven days per week.

Current signatories

Hazel Watson, the petition creator, joined by:

  • 1,224 offline signatures
  • Updated: 26 Aug 2019

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