Have you been to your local Essex County Council Tip yet?
BBC News reports –
“Calls have been made to scrap a recycling centre booking policy trial over concerns it has led to increased fly-tipping.
Essex County Council introduced a booking system for visiting recycling centres in March.
Brentwood Borough Council has suggested that “a continued escalation in fly-tipping has been observed” since the scheme was introduced.
The county council disputes the new policy has caused an increase in the criminal offence.
All recycling centres across Essex offer same-day bookings which can be secured up to 15 minutes in advance of visiting a centre.
The booking system at Essex recycling centres is a trial, lasting for nine months.”
Personally I have only used the tip at Mountnessing. Aside from a brief period during the pandemic, I have never found it to be very busy so why ECC deem it necessary to have an appointment system for visiting is beyond me. I do know that the tip in Rayleigh has often been the cause of local congestion in the area, but that one is located in an entirely unsuitable area, surrounded by residential streets. Making busy people’s lives even more difficult by having to make appointments is not the answer. What do you think?
Congratulations to Brentwood Borough Council for sensibly opposing this trial, It can only lead to yet more fly tipping and expense for local Council Tax payers.