West Berkshire rubbish tip ban looms for Hampshire residents
Permits to be posted out to West Berkshire residents next week
WEST Berkshire residents will receive their permits next week allowing them access to the district’s rubbish dumps.
From September 26 anyone arriving at the Newtown Road or Padworth recycling centres without a valid permit (or ID) will be turned away.
The controversial £33,000 scheme will see the permits posted out to every household in the district effectively banning non-West Berkshire residents, some of whom live just yards over the border in north Hampshire, from using the tips.
The move has caused anger among those living just across the district boundary who now face a journey into Basingstoke or Aldermaston to dispose of their waste.
The permits must be clearly displayed during each visit, although the council has said for a short time, residents who have forgotten or not yet received their permit will still be able to access the household waste recycling centres (HWRC) on production of photo ID and either a council tax or utility bill.
Speaking ahead of the new scheme's introduction, the council’s Executive Member for Waste, Dominic Boeck, said: "We are introducing this scheme reluctantly to protect our residents and ensure that Council resources are spent only on disposing of local household waste.
“We no longer receive funding towards the cost of rubbish brought here by residents from other areas and it's not fair to ask our residents to pick up the additional cost.
"We've worked hard to ensure the scheme is implemented as smoothly as possible. We're posting a free permit to all our households and with it a leaflet explaining all about the scheme.
“Our recycling centre staff are being briefed on the scheme and will be ready to assist residents with any enquiries they have."
The new permits are only valid in cars - any household that only has access to a commercial-type vehicle can apply online for a separate permit.
Anyone who has not received their permit by Saturday, September 24 can report it to West Berkshire Council online at www.westberks.gov.uk/HWRCpermit or by calling Customer Services on (01635) 519080.
Meanwhile West Berkshire Council has said it currently has no plans to begin charging for disposing of non-household waste.
Residents in neighbouring Reading and Wokingham were angered when waste management company re3 announced residents would need to pay a charge for dumping the likes of rubble, plasterboard, asbestos and soil.
However when asked if West Berkshire had considered introducing a similar charge at it recycling centres spokesperson Peta Stoddart-Crompton said: “The council has no legal responsibility to accept non-household wastes such as vehicle tyres, hardcore, rubble, plasterboard and other waste created from improvements, repairs and alteration to your home or garden.
“The HWRCs do provide a discretionary service to accept these wastes to ensure residents have a disposal option for which there is currently no charge however the council has the right to change this at any time.”