Thu, 22 Sept 2016
WITH just days before a new permit system is introduced restricting access to West Berkshire's rubbish tips many residents are asking one thing... 'Where is my permit?'
From Monday (September 26) only those displaying permits in their cars will be allowed access to the Newtown Road and Padworth recycling centres.
The much sought-after permits are being posted out to West Berkshire households only this week ahead of the start of the new scheme however, according to social media reaction, many people are still waiting.
When asked by the NWN if residents had received their tickets which will grant access to the rubbish dumps many of you took to Facebook to let us know.
One of the many commenters on Facebook was Jo Berridge who wrote: "No nothing received yet! I think it's pathetic nothing more than playground bickering between councils!
"They go on about being environmentally friendly yet expect car drivers to drive miles from their home just to use the tip in the right area!!"
While Lucie Martin commented: "Very immature behaviour between squabbling children is all I can make out from it. No permit has arrived here yet and I have junk for the tip."
Alexandra Cook wrote: "I have loads to take to tip but I'm waiting for the permit to come...."
West Berkshire Council decided to introduce the permits to stop Hampshire residents using the facilities after Hampshire County Council withdrew £200,000 of voluntary funding to cover the cost of disposing of Hampshire waste.
The move left those living just over the district boundary fuming with north Hampshire residents now needing to drive to Basingstoke to dispose of household waste.
Both local authorities have been in discussions to find a way to allow Hampshire residents to dispose of waste at the site closest to their homes, with a solution possibly in the pipeline.
West Berkshire has said the scheme, which is expected to cost around £33,300 to implement will ultimately save the council money through the reduced waste disposed of at the site.
West Berkshire council has said anyone who has not received their permit by Saturday, September 24 should contact them via www.westberks.gov.uk/HWRCpermit or by calling (01635) 519080.
The council has said West Berkshire residents can still use the recycling centres from Monday if they are able to provide proof of address and ID.