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Waste recycling permit scheme introduced next month

West Berkshire residents will need free permit to access Newbury and Padworth centres

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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Waste war rumbles on as West Berkshire permit scheme revealed

A NEW scheme which will ban Hampshire residents from using West Berkshire recycling facilities will come into effect next month.

The scheme will require West Berkshire residents to have a permit to access the Newbury and Padworth recycling centres from September 26.

West Berkshire Council says it is introducing the scheme so that taxpayers’ do not have to pay for waste brought to the district from elsewhere.

Previously, Hampshire County Council paid £200,000 a year to allow its residents to use West Berkshire facilities but stopped the funding earlier this year.

Hampshire residents currently account for around 40 per cent of waste taken to Padworth and 20 per cent taken to the Newtown Road Recycling Centre in Newbury.

The plans have angered residents in north Hampshire who, rather than a short journey across the boundary, face up to a 30-mile round trip to Basingstoke or Andover to dispose of their waste.

West Berkshire Council’s portfolio holder for Waste, Marcus Franks, said: “It is with regret we make this decision, it is not what we wanted but we haven’t had much of a choice.”

A permit will be posted to every household across the district in the coming weeks and the council says it must be clearly displayed in order to enter the recycling centres.

Each household will receive a single permit that can be used in domestic vehicles. Residents who only own a commercial-type vehicle will be able to apply online for a permit.

The council wants to expand the current facilities at Padworth, but says it has no plans to increase capacity at the Newbury recycling centre.

For the full story and reaction, see next week’s Newbury Weekly News.

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  • tidzerda

    09/08/2016 - 20:08

    I think that this posturing by local Councillors is pathetic. Tadley is only 3.5 miles away from Padworth, and its residents wont be allowed to use this recycling center.


  • Browntrout

    06/08/2016 - 08:08

    If North Hampshire residents want to use the Newbury site then they should be allowed to purchase permits


  • Mairi

    05/08/2016 - 22:10

    Why don't they just ask residents to produce a council tax bill or similar? Issuing permits is a waste of money. Oh, and what happens if you lose your permit, or move house etc


  • Louise


    05/08/2016 - 19:07

    Why should we subsidise waste produced by N Hampshire residents; when the future of the old Berkshire County Council was being voted on by residents, I recall N Hampshire residents were asked if they wanted to be brought into W Berkshire. They didn't , as our Council Taxes (or was it rates then?) were higher than theirs.


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