Changes to recycling centre opening times

Daventry's centre will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Daventry's centre will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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Changes to the opening hours of Daventry’s recycling centre are set to come into force next week.

The centre on Browns Road will now be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but will remain open the rest of the week including weekends from 10.00am to 6pm.

The changes follow a Northamptonshire County Council consultation on how the 10 recycling centres in the county can be run more efficiently.

All 10 recycling centres in the county will face closure for two days a week as the council aims to save £430,000 by the end of 2016/17 on the £2.7 million it currently costs to run the service.

In total the county council has to save £64 million in the coming financial year. One of the initial ideas had been to close the Wollaston centre but the council is now optimistic that this can be avoided as the authority is exploring the possibility of the site being run by a third party.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council, cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “We’ve received a great deal of feedback from people during the consultation and we’ve used this to help shape proposals, namely around opening hours and days.

“I’m pleased that we’re exploring the possibility of the Wollaston centre being run by a third party and am hopeful that a solution can be found.

“Our household waste recycling centres are a very important service, providing hubs where people can take their waste and recycling.”

The HWRC service currently costs the council £2.7m annually, however, these proposals, when fully implemented will save the council annually £430k by the end of 2016/17, which is a reduction in costs of approximately 16 per cent.