Rubbish – that’s all I can say about the new charges and reduced opening time changes set to be introduced at the Chichester and Bognor Regis’ household waste recycling sites from Saturday.
This comes following a decision from the WSCC cabinet member for residents’ services in a bid to reduce spending. The sites at Westhampnett and Shripney will have their opening hours reduced to 10am to 8pm five days a week in the summer, and 10am to 5pm in the winter.
Eight of the 11 sites will have their opening days reduced, including Bognor Regis’ site which will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays.
The councillor justified the decision by saying the council have to make savings, due to a shortfall in government funding, and this decision is the best option it has to make the £2 million a year savings needed. “We are not closing any sites and are keeping them open at weekends, which our public consultation shows West Sussex residents wanted.”
By the way that’s 4,899 residents. How many residents are there in West Sussex? Talk about short-termism. What will happen, erm let me think – oh yes people will dispose rubbish by other methods such as fly tipping or dumping increasingly into their own bins, which will overflow and end up half way down the street or they will not even bother and just dump outside the excess rubbish on the pavement. Now we (at the women’s centre) know the issues about austerity measures.
We understand the difficulty in choosing where the £2m a year savings have to come from but we know the impact on really important things like social services is already happening (less publicised) so surely someone looks at the cost of the knock on impact of such a decision such as this?
Who is going to clear up the fly tipping, clear up more rubbish clearance in the streets and oh yes what about the charges for non-household items – hard-core, soil etc? I can already hear people saying – don’t we pay for this in our rates? The latter issue is perhaps misunderstood as most householders will not be affected unless, of course, they do excessive gardening, tidy and improve their house and attempt to make their house grow in space to avoid moving.
Whatever side you stand on this there is big misunderstanding at the moment about who pays what and certainly a ruffled community. I guess a positive side might be more thoughts on upcycling things at home, sharing with people who will love something you no longer do, increase in free-cycle goods, donations to charity shops (don’t start me on that one!) and possibly more thought given to our waste.