Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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Over 2000 sign Lib Dem petition against tip closures

by willforster on 2 August, 2017

Over two thousand residents have signed a Lib Dem petition against Surrey County Council’s proposals to close four popular and well-used Community Recycling Centres in Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham. The County Council is also planning to reduce the opening hours of all the remaining tips, as well as scrapping the daily free waste allowance in order to save £2 million from its budget.

The Lib Dems and I are very pleased that so many residents have signed our petition and also made their feelings known to the County Council via its online consultation, and I urge those who have not done so to fill in both.

Like us, many residents are concerned that fly-tipping will increase as a result of these proposals, which would then lead to extra costs in clearing dumped rubbish, as well as further damage to the environments.  Moreover, residents will be forced to travel longer to sites further away, which is both inconvenient and increases vehicle pollution.

Community Recycling Centres in Surrey are well-used and highly regarded by residents and I urge the ruling Conservatives to take heed of the public reaction to this petition and the consultation, and reject the changes that have been proposed.  The Council’s consultation closed on 7th August, it is not too late to respond here or sign the Lib Dem petition here.

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