Town tip opening hours to be slashed

Recycling centre in Daventry
Recycling centre in Daventry

The recycling centre in Daventry is set to be closed for two days a week under cost-cutting plans revealed by Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) this week.

It has been proposed the Browns Road centre – currently open seven days a week – will be closed every Wednesday and Thursday. The plans will be discussed at the council’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday following a consultation process which included asking county residents how the recycling centre service could be run more efficiently.

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

If approved, reduced opening hours will implemented from February 1, 2015.

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

Reacting to the news, Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris said: “It is more important for the centre to be open at the weekends, which is when the majority of people are likely to use it.

“But I would like to think that if this was going to cause problems then the county council would review it. However, I do not see it as likely to cause a massive problem.”

Daventry Express readers, however, have expressed early concern. Commenting on our Facebook page, Phil Gardner said: “They may well save x amount of pounds by 2015/16, but it will be us the taxpayer that suffers again by paying to clean up numerous amounts of fly tips. Good work NCC.”

And Tina Wellman said: “This may well reduce the cost for the council, but will not help the ever growing problem of fly tipping.

“We are all encouraged to recycle so why take the facility to do so away from people?”

Nigel Martin posted: “All our money is going on re-generating Northampton?

“Lots of work going on there and road improvements. Daventry always gets the raw deal while NCC spends all the money.”