Future unclear for Fenland rubbish tips

Wisbech Recycling Centre ANL-141209-084503009
Wisbech Recycling Centre ANL-141209-084503009

A cash-strapped council could be closing Fenland rubbish tips or introducing charges in a bid to save money.

Cambridgeshire County Council is looking at the area’s waste recycling centres as it tries to find £149 million worth of savings over the next five years.

Proposals include the possible closure of some of the county’s nine sites along with reducing weekday opening hours and days or charging for certain types of waste such as plasterboard and hardcore.

People in Fenland currently have access to sites in Wisbech, March and Whittlesey.

A consultation on the plans will be running until Friday, September 26.

Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “I urge everyone who uses our three sites to take the opportunity to express their views on all the proposals.

“It is vital that Fenland’s voice is heard and taken fully into account when decisions on any changes are made.”

The consultation is part of a review which the county council is conducting with all the members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste partnership (RECAP) to ensure that any potential issues such as flytipping are taken into account.

The results of the consultation will be presented to the county council’s Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee in the autumn.

To have your say, visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentreservice To get a paper form, call the county council on 01223 715459.