Fri, 23 Sept 2016
West Berkshire Council's waste permit scheme is set to come into force on Monday with many residents yet to receive their permits.
A "delay with printing" has meant that many West Berkshire residents will not receive their permits, required to access the tip from next week, before the scheme is introduced.
The delay to the £33,000 scheme means many residents will not receive their permit before Monday, October 3 - a full week after the system has been in place.
The restricted access, which West Berkshire Council decided to introduce to stop north Hampshire residents using the rubbish dumps, means no-one will be allowed access to the Newtown Road or the Padworth recycling centres unless they have received the permit or they can produce photo ID and either a Council Tax or utility bill.
When asked on the Newbury Weekly News Facebook page yesterday if residents had received their permits an unprecedented number took the opportunity to tell us they had not.
The local authority initially said all households in West Berkshire should receive the permits by Saturday, September 24.
However a page on the West Berkshire Council website this morning says: "Not received your permit yet? Don't worry, they're being sent out - there's been a slight delay with printing, but you should have yours by the end of Monday 3 October.
"You can still use our recycling centres from Monday if you haven't received your permit, just take your Council Tax bill along as proof of address/identity."
Speaking about the new scheme Councillor Dominic Boeck, Executive Member for Waste, said: "The delivery of the waste permits is taking longer than expected because of delays in the production process. This has been caused in part by the application of security features on the permit and the insertion of permits into the holders at the printers. Our supplier has today advised us that some permits may not arrive until next Saturday so I'd ask residents to be patient while the delivery of the permits continue.
"Staff at the Household Waste Recycling Centres have been fully briefed on the new scheme and will be available to answer questions and help people access the site with minimal disruption. During the first few days there may be queues at busy times as more people than anticipated will be bringing with them paperwork not permits but it should settle down by the end of the week."