Following yesterday’s debate at cabinet panel on the Conservative plans to slash opening hours at the county’s Household Waste sites, Cllr Sandy Walkington, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the Environment said:
“Yesterday’s decision was a glass half full, a glass half empty. The Conservatives caved in on shutting any of the sites completely and they recognised the common sense of moving to later opening hours on the days when the sites will be open. Their minds were certainly concentrated by the thousands of petition signatures across much of the county.
“But they still need to show more flexibility even if they are determined to stick to a single shift operation. It’s about serving local residents at the times they need, not just laying down a schedule to suit the operator. The Liberal Democrat amendment to keep sites open every day even with shorter hours was defeated, though this was clearly the most important factor in residents’ responses. So lets now investigate whether there could be late opening on one day a week. Read more »