Middlezoy recycling centre could be axed to save cash

Bridgwater Mercury: Middlezoy recycling centre could be axed to save cash Middlezoy recycling centre could be axed to save cash

A RECYCLING centre near Bridgwater could be closed down in an effort to cut costs.

Somerset County Council has asked the board of Somerset Waste Partnership to save over £2million over the next four years, with a minimum save of £711,900 in 2014/15.

SCC and SWP have drawn up cost-cutting plans which include closing Middlezoy Community Recycling site from this April, with a saving of £350k.

The proposed action, which forms part of the partnership’s business plan for 2014 to 2019, would mean using some of the savings to restore seven-day opening at Saltlands recycling centre in Bridgwater.

Steve Reed, managing director of SWP, said: “The Middlezoy centre actually contributes less than 1% of visits compared to the whole network.

“Although we would be closing a community facility, it would result in increased hours at other more well used sites.”

The idea was presented at a meeting of Sedgemoor District Council’s executive committee this morning (January 22).

Cllr Mike Caswell said at the meeting: “There is already a problem with people flytipping rubbish near the gates of the Middlezoy centre.

“I also think the prices people are asked to pay when depositing some materials at these centres is putting people off using them.”

But Reed said CCTV at the Middlezoy site will continue to be in operation for a while if the centre does close.

The decision to approve the partnership’s proposals was deferred to the next executive meeting on February 12, while a task and finish group is set up to examine them further.

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1:53am Thu 23 Jan 14

Three Pots Derek says...

It does make more sense to open Bridgwater Site seven days a week because it was always busy. At present it is very awkward juggling between open days and open hours. I think it would also be better to open later in the morning and stay open til early evening, esspecially in the 'garden season'
It does make more sense to open Bridgwater Site seven days a week because it was always busy. At present it is very awkward juggling between open days and open hours. I think it would also be better to open later in the morning and stay open til early evening, esspecially in the 'garden season' Three Pots Derek

9:03am Thu 23 Jan 14

quantock people says...

People that live in the Middlezoy, Othery and Langport areas are now put at risk as the wording "Recycling " May not mean anything to them as they now got to travel longer distance to depose their recycled goods.
The other risk is that the council are putting the public in a costly situation because of the extra miles to travel to the Bridgwater Site.
The only way this country can save money is to stop giving it away to other countries and start looking after their own people.
People that live in the Middlezoy, Othery and Langport areas are now put at risk as the wording "Recycling " May not mean anything to them as they now got to travel longer distance to depose their recycled goods. The other risk is that the council are putting the public in a costly situation because of the extra miles to travel to the Bridgwater Site. The only way this country can save money is to stop giving it away to other countries and start looking after their own people. quantock people

9:07am Thu 23 Jan 14

awayswing says...

Shutting Middlezoy will undoubtedly lead to more fly tipping around the county ,and more expense clearing it up.There is no mention of what will happen to the people working there,I hope they are offered employment at Saltlandsor elsewhere.
Shutting Middlezoy will undoubtedly lead to more fly tipping around the county ,and more expense clearing it up.There is no mention of what will happen to the people working there,I hope they are offered employment at Saltlandsor elsewhere. awayswing

12:41am Sun 26 Jan 14

MR.GOF says...

I know how much is it costing to run the white empty busses,this would keep the the tip open?
I know how much is it costing to run the white empty busses,this would keep the the tip open? MR.GOF

1:41am Sun 26 Jan 14

Three Pots Derek says...

MR.GOF wrote:
I know how much is it costing to run the white empty busses,this would keep the the tip open?
What has running empty white buses got to do with keeping a Recycling Centre open. Just wondered.
[quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: I know how much is it costing to run the white empty busses,this would keep the the tip open?[/p][/quote]What has running empty white buses got to do with keeping a Recycling Centre open. Just wondered. Three Pots Derek

7:38am Tue 4 Feb 14

wolfhill says...

it is such a shame that people has stopped using the site we use it quite a lot,it will be more difficult to go into bridgwater to the dump i dont drive and my partner is disabled and dosent drive too far because he is on oxygen thankyou ( an upset oap ) re middlezoy recycling
it is such a shame that people has stopped using the site we use it quite a lot,it will be more difficult to go into bridgwater to the dump i dont drive and my partner is disabled and dosent drive too far because he is on oxygen thankyou ( an upset oap ) re middlezoy recycling wolfhill

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