Friday, 18 August 2017

Recycling centre threatened with closure

RESIDENTS have until the end of Monday to respond to plans to close several household waste recycling centres in Oxfordshire.

RESIDENTS have until the end of Monday to respond to plans to close several household waste recycling centres in Oxfordshire.

Oakley Wood, between Nettlebed and Benson, is one of three or four of the seven across the county that is threatened with closure by the council in order to save £350,000.

The closure is opposed by Henley MP John Howell and councillors across South Oxfordshire, who say the move would lead to more fly-tipping.

Mr Howell said: “This is a much-valued facility and to lose it would mean that residents would have to travel long distances to alternative recycling centres. A resident of Henley using Oakley Wood currently has a round journey of some 18 miles. That would increase to a round journey of 46 miles to get to Drayton [recycling centre].

“We need to encourage people to recycle and to make it easy for them. The closure of Oakley Wood would have a potentially detrimental effect on people’s willingness to recycle with either an increase in the use of domestic bins or fly-tipping.”



The council argues it has no choice but to consider closing some recycling centres. Deputy leader Rodney Rose said: “Nobody wants to see anything cut and why would they? But they don’t have to do a balanced budget. We do. To do that I’m afraid some things will have to go. I think most people will go along with the idea.”

The council has agreed to ask the Government to consider changing the law so councils can charge people to use recycling centres.

The results of the public consultation will be published by January 31. To respond, visit https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/HWRCstrategy/consultationHome



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