Fly-tipping chaos at town’s recycling centre

RESIDENTS have voiced their concerns over fly-tipping and blame the opening times of a nearby recycling centre as the cause.

Several heaps of rubbish and waste was seen piled up outside the gates of Skegness Household Waste Recycling Centre in Warth Lane, last Thursday evening.

Sheila Rhoney and Joe Foster of The Chase, near to the site fear, the increased rubbish could create ‘smells’ and bring on a possible ‘infestation’.

“It was obvious that two or three people had been down and dumped it outside the gates,” said Sheila. “Ever since the opening hours changed I think once they got there they couldn’t be bothered to take all of it home again and wait until the centre opened.”

The recycling centre is run by Lincolnshire County Council. The site’s opening times were slashed to just four days a week back in April to save the authority money.

As reported, LCC managed to avoid closing any of the 13 centres but opening hours were cutacross the county.

Councillor Lewis Strange, executive member for waste and green issues, said: “We do know there have been cases of people fly-tipping while they get used to the new opening times. This is likely to have been done in good faith, but it does break the law and risks a hefty fine.

“I’ve visited the site myself this week and do appreciate it’s a busy time of year. We have reduced our opening times and days to help us save £1.215m from our budget and are assessing the outcome, site by site, countywide.”

But the new times have come under fire from a Skegness town councillor who addressed the issue in last week’s Standard (May 30).

Coun Sue Binch, who spoke of her concerns last week, said she had heard from an East Keal woman, who visited the site to depose of her rubbish and had to travel to Boston when she discovered it was closed.

And bags have been seen piling up as early as a Tuesday at the centre.

Skegness Labour Party chairman Brenda Futers said: “My husband went to the tip [recycling centre] with some rubbish on Tuesday and there were already a few bags sitting outside the gate.

“I wish that the council would think these things through, it’s like the recent u-turn on tax, can’t we have a u-turn on the tip as well?”

Coun Binch also pointed out in the last edition, that despite knowing money needed to be saved, she thought the town needed more than just four days a week to deal with the peak season and is still intending to raise the matter at a town council meeting in the hope of lobbying LCC to change its decision. She added that if it didn’t she feared fly-tipping and queues into The Chase and the centre would continue.