The opening hours at Hampshire’s 24 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will be changing from 1st April 2015.
The change follows consultation with residents on a number of options to shape the service for the future. These looked at affordable ways to ensure the County Council continues to deliver a modern, value for money service for Hampshire’s residents.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “We’ve looked at what changes we need to make to maintain this service at a time when we need to save more than £100 million from the Council’s overall budget and our grant from Government is nearly half what it was a few years ago.”
“I am pleased to say that the changes we will be making mean that none of the recycling centres will be closed down to meet the required overall budget savings for 2015.”
“The response from residents to the consultation last year showed there is strong support for the HWRC service and so the changes we are making to deliver the necessary savings reflect how people want to use this service. We analysed the peak times the centres are used, listened to what people said about opening times, and talked to the operators about how and when the sites are serviced and cleaned.”
“Taking all this into consideration, we will be able to save over £150,000 from the cost of running the service, while making sure the sites are open when people most want to use them, which is a much more effective use of money. This will see the sites opening an hour later in the morning and closing at 4pm in the winter, at 5pm during March and at 6pm during the summer months.”
The results of the consultation indicated that a later start in the morning was the most preferred option in terms of reduced opening hours. The HWRC operator, however, has indicated that the first part of the morning is crucial for initial servicing and the effective running of the sites to ensure there is sufficient capacity for the day ahead, ensuring that the sites are clean, tidy and ready for the public to use, especially during the busier summer months.
Analysis shows that the average peak times for people using all sites are mid morning and early afternoon, therefore from 1st April 2015 the opening hours of HWRCs will be:
|1 Apr – 30 Sep||9:00am – 6:00pm|
|1 Oct – 28 Feb||9:00am – 4:00pm|
|1 Mar – 31 Mar||9:00am – 5:00pm|
This is with the exception of the site at Efford, which will close at 4:30pm in the Summer as it has specific planning conditions governing its opening times. The site at Hedge End already opens at 9am on Sundays and bank holidays and the Hayling Island site already opens at 9am everyday.