Refuse site is ‘discriminatory’

A REFUSE collection site in Skegness which refuses to take waste from caravan park residents is treating them like ‘second class citizens’, they claim.

More than 30 static holiday home owners attended Skegness’s Annual Town Meeting last Wednesday to express their grievances with a number of issues affecting their quality of life in the resort.

One angry resident from Beacon Park Holiday Home said: “Why can’t we take our rubbish to the skip? We’ve come away from there feeling like second class citizens.”

Moments later those sentiments were echoed by another park resident who felt ‘discriminated’ against by the council for failing to provide a service they believed their payment of tax entitled them to.

Coun Sid Dennis, whose refuse company was formerly contracted by Lincolnshire County Council to manage the facility, said that he was ‘not aware of any reason why we could not have served the caravans’ when he was in charge.

Although he refused waste from commercial organisations such as hotels and restaurants, he claims to have never imposed any restrictions on park residents.

Having now lost the contract after four years in charge, Coun Dennis was unable to comment on the current situation, although he was aware that ‘inconvenient’ reductions to opening times had been brought in to save money.

Despite the changes and the possible regulations barring caravan owners from disposing of their waste, he still ‘could not see how they could stop you taking waste to that site,’ and explained that he was not aware of any prosecution made against those who contravened the rules by doing so.

Environmental services team leader at Lincolnshire County Council Ian Taylor has since explained the situation far differently to Coun Dennis. He said: “Our household waste recycling centres have never accepted waste from commercially-run caravan sites where people do not live as permanent residents.

“The site owners need to make commercial arrangements for the disposal of this waste.”