Residents urged to oppose recycling centre closure

By Kevin Black in Community News

According to local councillors there has been a poor response so far from Tandridge residents to Surrey County Council’s proposal to close the recycling centre in Warlingham - along with others in the County.

Opponents of the scheme say shutting the Warlingham site will mean an increase in traffic at the Caterham centre.

Caterham Tandridge District Councillor Alun Jones is one the councillors urging Tandridge residents to be aware of the proposals: “The Caterham site clearly has a limit on how much waste / recycling it can accept, and experience shows that each time a container is full they have to shut the site for a period of time while they replace it with an empty one. This compounds traffic congestion and may mean the site will have to turn residents away or refuse to accept that material. Therefore I believe the potential increase in residents using the Caterham site will make the current traffic issues in the area much worse.”

Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have launched a petition to save four community recycling centres earmarked for closure by the Conservative administration at County Hall after a huge outcry from local residents. The petition also calls for the county council to scrap plans to reduce the opening times of every CRC in the county by two days per week and increase the charge for residents disposing of waste. In addition to Warlingham, the centres earmarked for closure are Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking.

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the Environment, said : "I am calling for residents in Surrey to show their support for our well-used and highly regarded community recycling facilities by signing this petition and completing the county council’s online consultation. We need to show that the people of Surrey will not be taken for granted by an out of touch Conservative administration which rides roughshod over the wishes of its residents, who are hugely concerned about the potential increase in fly-tipping, the damage to the Surrey environment and the extra costs this would incur.

"Before the county elections in May, the Conservative administration at County Hall boasted that they had passed a budget that protected vital services for Surrey residents - but nothing could be further from the truth as they are now implementing a programme of huge cuts and blaming everybody but themselves.

"We need to save and invest in our community recycling centres as they help residents do the right thing by recycling their waste and helping to protect Surrey’s environment".

A link to the petition can be found here:

https://SignMe.org.uk/1376

A link to Surrey County Council’s consultation can be found here:

https://www.surreysays.co.uk/e-i-directorate-programme-group/shaping-surreys-community-recycling-centres-1/

Complete the online questionnaire below by August 7.

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