The Tough Choices consultation ran from November to December 2013. Feedback was gathered on the following proposals:
Stakeholders, including the public, were consulted via leafleting, the website and letter. Feedback was received online, by letter and in the form of petitions.
The responses have been given due consideration and the revised proposals are as follows:
1) South Molton HWRC: We received 26 responses all of which disagreed with the proposal for weekend only opening. The key issues raised were that the site will become congested, with queuing on the main road, and the potential for fly tipping. Following consideration of these responses South Molton (Maclins Quarry) HWRC will be open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
2) Holsworthy HWRC: We received 13 responses and 3 petitions with at total of 1142 signatures, all of which disagreed with the proposal for weekend only opening. The key issues raised were the potential for fly tipping and traffic congestion on a dangerous bend. Following consideration of these responses Holsworthy (Anvil Corner) HWRC will be open from Friday to Monday inclusive.
3) Reduced site opening hours at HWRCs: We received 196 responses and 2 petitions [Okehampton (147 signatures) and Exmouth (91 signatures)] two thirds of the responses and both the petitions disagreed with the proposals. 9% agreed with the proposals and 25% had no view. The key points raised were that these proposals would not suit working people, that sites should open earlier at weekends and there would be potential for increased fly tipping. Whilst understanding the issues raised, it was concluded that although modifications have been proposed for South Molton and Holsworthy sites the budget pressures are such that the reduced opening hours at all the other sites will remain as originally proposed.
4) Charging charities for greater than 10 tonnes delivered for disposal: There were 13 responses received with regard to charity waste. Eight agreed with the proposals and five disagreed. Comments included charities will not be able to accept all goods, and bigger charities should be charged more than smaller ones. After consideration of the responses, charging for charities for disposing of more than 10 tonnes of waste per year will remain as originally proposed.
5) Proposed closure of Lyndown Rural Skip: There were 13 responses received of which 10 disagreed with the proposals and 3 agreed. The key issues raised were a potential increase in fly tipping and the large distance to other Recycling Centres. After consideration of the responses there remains the alternative option for residents to use the bulky household waste collection service for the majority of items and it is proposed that the rural skip service at Lyndown will be closed.
These revised proposals were subject to approval by full Council at the end of February and came into force from 1 April 2014.