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Taxi driver turned away from Newbury recycling centre

Furious taxpayer complains to West Berkshire Council

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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Waste war rumbles on as West Berkshire permit scheme revealed

A FURIOUS  Newbury taxi driver was considering complaining to the chief executive of West Berkshire Council after he was refused entry to a Newbury household waste recycling centre.

Taxi driver Rodney Nemeth, who lives in Newbury, was turned away from the Newtown Road Household Waste Recycling Centre.

He said: “Taxis have now been banned from dumping their personal waste at the Newtown Road tip, despite the fact that, for many drivers, their taxis are also their personal vehicle, and the only means of transport.

“I was refused entry on the grounds that I was a commercial vehicle.

“I was with my aunt and between us we pay £2,800 in council tax, yet we were prevented from dropping two black bags of household waste, as we were considered commercial tippers.”

Mr Nemeth also queried how  commercial vehicles would be policed, pointing out cars driven by salespeople were technically commercial vehicles.

“No wonder pictures of fly-tipping are appearing daily on social media,” he said.

Despite leaving four messages for the head of waste management at West Berkshire Council to contact him about the issue, he said he had not received any response.

“I will now have to escalate my complaint to the chief executive of WBC,” said Mr Nemeth.

West Berkshire Council spokesman Martin Dunscombe said in a statement: “Our waste permits were issued along with information about the access it allowed and specific advice for owners of commercial vehicles.

“Now that the waste permit scheme has been implemented we are keeping it under review and this includes how liveried vehicles might be accommodated within the scheme in future.”

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  • grumpy

    13/10/2016 - 08:08

    This is ridiculous. Like it says his Taxi is also his personal vehicle. Next time you go up there, take the taxi plates off ?? simples :-)


  • NewburyLad

    13/10/2016 - 07:07

    No mention of whether he had his permit with him and showed it? The permit that has been widely reported? The permit that comes complete with instructions. Just wonder why there is no mention of him using or not using the permit. Half the story as usual and therefore probably spin. Oh for a reporting media that actually gave the full story.