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Community Recycling Centres:

Surrey County Council faces severe financial pressures and feel they have no choice but to look again at whether savings can be found at Community Recycling Centres (CRC).

Surrey currently has 15 CRCs, and are considering  closing some centres which are used by fewer people and process less waste. They have opened a public consultation, with three options being considered :

1. Closing four smaller, less-used centres in Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham and increasing the number of days a week that Leatherhead, Camberley and Caterham open from six to seven. The four centres only handle around a tenth of the total waste.

2. Closing six smaller, less-used centres at Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking, Farnham, Lyne (Chertsey) and Warlingham and investing savings into opening the remaining nine centres seven days a week while also increasing the number of staff and looking at improving facilities and technology. Less than a fifth of waste is handled by these six centres.

3.  Closing the same six centres and changing the opening times at the remaining nine. Between October and March they would open for five days a week avoiding closing at the most popular times. Savings would be invested in opening the centres seven days a week from April to September when opening times would also be extended into the evening where possible. In addition the number of staff would be increased and improvements to facilities and technology considered.

The Farnham Society strongly recommends that members respond to the consultation. Our Planning Committee will be making a response on behalf of the Society, but the more people who put the case for Farnham CRC remaining, the more likely that it will be retained.

Click here for link to CRC consultation.

Surrey are undertaking four other consultations at the same time. They are into

  • Family Resilience: Children’s Centres
  • Concessionary bus travel
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Libraries and Cultural Services

Consultations end on Friday 4 January 2019. Click here for link.


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8 thoughts on “SCC Consultations

  1. The closure of Recycling Sites in general is extremely short sighted as it will lead to an increase in fly tipping, and dangerous and/or noxious substances being disposed of in unsafe ways.

    Children and pets being particularly vulnurable and at risk of injury or infection.

  2. By closing more SCC facilities it will for many people mean further distance to travel to dispose of waste responsibly. Not only does this increase fuel usage and therefore CO2 emissions but it will discourage responsible disposal and potentially increase the amount dustmen collect from properties as home occupiers would probably maximise the volume of their bins to avoid the increased journey to a SCC. Another potential action home owners may possibly take is to place recyclable waste in ordinary household bins adding to the segregating problems for councils or increase the landfill requirement. For some the risk of fly tipping may be worth considering and the repercussions that brings both environmentally and financially is well documented.

  3. Whilst I think that commercial users should be charged a licence fee to use CRCs, the charges must not be too punitive as that will just increase fly-tipping. SCC’s statement says that most people will be within 20-30 minutes of a remaining CRC given fair traffic. Surrey is a crowded county in many parts. Taking Farnham as an example, the only times when traffic is not congested are likely to be the times when the CRCs at Guildford and Camberley are not open. These closures just put more traffic on already congested roads.
    Why doesn’t SCC follow its fellow Tory council in Northampton and issue a section 114 declaring itself bankrupt? Otherwise raise the council tax to cover the much increased demands and obligations that governments have put on local councils over the past decade.

  4. Increased fly tipping, increased pollution due to additional driving required should Farnham Recycling centre be closed. Given Farnham is the 3rd largest town in Surrey such a decision is unacceptable.

  5. I think the closure is totally shortsighted and will encourage even more fly tipping in and around our Town. Please find other ways to save money. No one is going to drive their rubbish to Guildford or wherever.

  6. If Surrey CC’s main objective is to save money shutting Recycling centres will fail miserably. This suggestion/plan just makes Surrey CC’s Councillors appear to be completely thoughtless and short sighted (at best!) as this is guaranteed to result in increased fly-tipping enabling dangerous deadly and harmful substances and debris being disposed of in unsafe ways. Anyone who thinks this won’t happen is being delusional (a delusion is a mistaken belief that is held with strong conviction even in the presence of superior evidence to the contrary). Just google fly-tipping! Look into the cost of Fly-tipping. Look at the resulting fines and the cost to land owners.

    If Surrey genuinely want to save ratepayers money, don’t spend the £50 Million plus on the doomed retail Farnham East Street Brightwell scheme (High Street retail is dying!).

    Has anyone at Surrey CC read the issues surrounding pollution across the UK?
    Has anyone looked into the history of why Recycling Centres were established?
    If this is a political move – hang your heads in shame – it’s far too obvious.

  7. Closing the Recycling Centres is a recipe for extensive fly-tipping and all the hazards it creates. Why not raise the Council Tax ?

  8. A recycling centre is essential for a town the size of Farnham. It is conveniently located for residents – our family drop their rubbish on the way to shops – therefore not incurring any additional fuel usage. We have always considered the recycling centre to be one of the most successful things that the council has organised. Disposal of rubbish – in all forms – is not a nice-to-have but a vitally important service.
    The council has had to compromise its eco credentials in agreeing to concrete over vast swathes of green areas – it should not go further by dealing a death blow to its very efficient rubbish disposal arrangements.

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