BROMSGROVE’S Household Recycling Centre has been shut until further notice on safety grounds because of the sheer volume of traffic and people not adhering to social distancing measures.
Worcestershire County Council said it closed the site on Quantry Lane, Romsley, on Monday because in the last few days vehicles had overtaken stationary traffic and obstructed other cars and vans, posing a serious risk of collisions.
It had also led to long queues in nearby roads.
It comes just two months after it reopened with safety measures in place and following the easing of the Government’s lockdown restrictions.
The authority stressed when it reopened the tip was ‘for essential use only’ and all rules must be followed.
Coun Peter McDonald, who was among those campaigning to get it reopened, said the closure would cause mayhem and, along with residents, expressed concerns fly-tipping would increase in the district.
“The sudden closure of the tip cause mayhem with people having nowhere to go to dump their rubbish.
“Having no notice of its closure will no doubt lead to more fly-tipping and of course a financial cost to the Council to clear it up.
“To close the tip in such a manner is irresponsible as the county council is fully aware of the consequences of closing the tip with more fly-tipping posing a threat to humans and wildlife, damages our environment, and spoils our enjoyment of our towns and countryside.
“Local authorities are responsible for collecting waste an ensuring there is a means for residents to get rid of their waste.
“Sending people all the way to Redditch when they have a recycling centre on their door step is madness.
“If the tip cannot cope with the number of people using it with Covid-19 restrictions in place then they should be considering a booking system, but to just close it out of hand cannot be justified.
“The county council needs to reflect on its actions and re-open the tip immediately.”
Coun Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment, said “The safety of our highways and visitors to the Household Recycling Centres (HRC) is a priority.
“Our officers continue to work on options to provide a solution to enable the site to reopen as quickly and as safely as possible.
“Information on our alternative HRCs can be found on our Let’s Waste Less website.”
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