Councilor pushes for Waterlooville tipping to be exempt from online bookings

As previously reported by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Hampshire County Council has made the reservation service for waste recycling centers permanent.

But a few tipsters have criticized the “one size fits all” approach, saying booking isn’t necessary on all tipping sites.

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The Waterlooville waste recycling center is at the back of a housing estate

Cllr Gary Hughes, Tory MP for Purbrook and Stakes South, said: ‘The entry restrictions we introduced were a consequence of the queues we saw at the start of the pandemic.

“It is ironic that the day the government lifts the restrictions, we decide to keep ours.

“Controlling access with a reservation system can impact security, but tipping in Waterlooville poses no traffic hazard – so in my opinion no reservation should be required.”

“We want people to dispose of their waste in the most efficient way possible.”

Based on Darnel Road in Denmead, Waterlooville Point has a 200m stretch of road leading to the entrance to the site – which Cllr Hughes says alleviates traffic problems.

The Conservative adviser added that he wanted to ‘get back to normal’ and also received backing from opposing Liberal Democrat Cllr Martin Tod.

Cllr Tod said: ‘We need a Hampshire tip booking system but some places are understandably different from others.

“We can’t use a one-size-fits-all approach, so I absolutely agree with Cllr Hughes on this issue.”

Southampton is running a three-month trial with no reservations system for waste recycling centres, while Portsmouth has also opted to keep its system.

Cllr Hughes has proposed an amendment to the booking proposals, which would introduce a no-booking trial at Waterlooville for three months.

His motion was defeated by four votes to seven.

Cllr Humby, who took part in the select committee meeting, said: ‘I think it helps people think about their waste if they have to book a slot to dispose of it.

“It makes them think about their trip, what they can bring in their car, etc.

“I would be worried about doing a pilot like this at this point – if we have different processes for different councils, it’s going to get very confusing, very quickly.”

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