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.
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.