Residents shocked over possible closure of Elstree Recycling Centre

Borehamwood Times: Hertsmere Borough Council leader Morris Bright and Elstree councillor Harvey Cohen hope to encourage residents to share their views and prevent the closure. Hertsmere Borough Council leader Morris Bright and Elstree councillor Harvey Cohen hope to encourage residents to share their views and prevent the closure.

Anger has greeted the "short sighted" closure of a recycling centre.

Hertfordshire County Council's new contractor AmeyCespa suggested the closure of the Elstree centre, along with reduced opening times for remaining centres, as part of a raft of proposals to cut costs.

Users have criticised the plans, but some fear the fate of the centre has already been decided.

Kate Curran of Radlett believes the facility is much needed. She said: “I think it would be very short sighted of the county council to close a recycling facility that is so well used. Surely it would only result in more fly-tipping or possibly making a new area for a new travellers’ site?”

Radlett resident Clive Glover fears the council is “merely going through the motions” and has already decided on the outcome of the consultation.

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council said: "A contractor has been appointed to run the service and their suggested service changes are the subject of this consultation.  No decisions around service changes have been made. The results of the consultation will be presented to Members of Hertfordshire County Council. Members will review and consider the results of the consultation before making any decisions regarding service changes."  

The consultation states that around 99 per cent of all residents would still be able to reach a household waste centre within 20 minutes of their homes, the nearest being the Cranbourne Road site in Potters Bar.

Thomas Ash, of Banks Road, said: “I would challenge any Officer of Hertfordshire County Council to drive from the centre of Elstree to the Recycling Point in Potters Bar in 15 minutes while observing the law and Highway Code - it is impossible.

“To safely drive that journey off peak would take 25 minutes at least. At peak times it takes me 25 to 30 minutes to drive from Elstree to Borehamwood, so quite how you get to Potters Bar from Elstree in 28 minutes in beggars belief. Again it is frankly fanciful.”

Hertsmere Borough Council leader Morris Bright and Elstree councillor Harvey Cohen hope to encourage residents to share their views and prevent the closure.

Cllr Bright said: “I feel very strongly about this. I understand the need to save money but that is not the way to do it.

“I don’t believe that closing the centre will result in more fly-tipping - but what I am concerned about is that residents will start putting their recyclables into black bins and sending them to landfill. The council want to push their green policies yet want to close a centre for recycling, which seems immoral."

Cllr Cohen added: “We’re not against change or against cuts, but there are other options. The service is open eight hours a day, seven days a week. It doesn’t need to be open that many hours a day, so why not reduce its hours?”

The councillors have launched a petition against the proposed closure and have already had a number of people volunteer to help.

Staff at the centre have also agreed to put petitions up at the gates and encourage people who use the centre to sign them.

To find out more information and give your views, visit the council website or to join the campaign, like the Facebook page and sign the petition.

Results of the consultation will be presented to the highways and waste management panel on September 19 and then to the council's cabinet for a final decision on September 22.

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2:35pm Wed 18 Jun 14

CliffT says...

Yeh close the dump that everyone uses and build a new library to replace a perfectly good one that hardly anyone uses!
Yeh close the dump that everyone uses and build a new library to replace a perfectly good one that hardly anyone uses! CliffT
  • Score: 12

2:53pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Ms H says...

Shut the dump and increase fly tipping...BRILLIANT!
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A problem that cant be coped with now so imagine what it will be like without it and the added increase of people moving to area when the Elstree Way Corridor is completed
Shut the dump and increase fly tipping...BRILLIANT! ! A problem that cant be coped with now so imagine what it will be like without it and the added increase of people moving to area when the Elstree Way Corridor is completed Ms H
  • Score: 12

7:15pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Short But Useful says...

Madness.
There is clearly no integrated planning going on when, as other people have stated, massive housing developments are proposed for Borehamwood which will greatly increase the population so the demand for this type of facility will increase.
Also, the distrance to other centres will discourage people to use them, some won't recycle responsibly and in a very small number of cases they will be tempted to fly tip which will cost the council more to deal with.
Also, how much is this land worth for development? No doubt somebody in the council has this well in hand too.
Sure, tinker with the opeing hours if you must, but keep this valuable and needed public amendity OPEN!
Madness. There is clearly no integrated planning going on when, as other people have stated, massive housing developments are proposed for Borehamwood which will greatly increase the population so the demand for this type of facility will increase. Also, the distrance to other centres will discourage people to use them, some won't recycle responsibly and in a very small number of cases they will be tempted to fly tip which will cost the council more to deal with. Also, how much is this land worth for development? No doubt somebody in the council has this well in hand too. Sure, tinker with the opeing hours if you must, but keep this valuable and needed public amendity OPEN! Short But Useful
  • Score: 13

11:01am Thu 19 Jun 14

Brookmeadow Resident says...

So Tory Councillors ask residents to ask other Tory Councillors not to cut critical services...
Why are they glossing over their own political links with the people proposing these cuts?
How odd that this only came out after the recent local elections...
So Tory Councillors ask residents to ask other Tory Councillors not to cut critical services... Why are they glossing over their own political links with the people proposing these cuts? How odd that this only came out after the recent local elections... Brookmeadow Resident
  • Score: 5

2:48pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Believe in better says...

Brookmeadow Resident wrote:
So Tory Councillors ask residents to ask other Tory Councillors not to cut critical services...
Why are they glossing over their own political links with the people proposing these cuts?
How odd that this only came out after the recent local elections...
There are plenty of Labour Councillors sitting on the county and borough planning committees, did they also keep quiet in the hope of getting elected? If you bothered to show up at any of the meetings held to discuss this you will know about how much time everyone has had to respond to this.. This is a cross party initiative with councilors from all parties getting involved... so instead of sitting around dishing out politically motivated misinformation, get off your arse and join in the fight to save our recycling centre!
[quote][p][bold]Brookmeadow Resident[/bold] wrote: So Tory Councillors ask residents to ask other Tory Councillors not to cut critical services... Why are they glossing over their own political links with the people proposing these cuts? How odd that this only came out after the recent local elections...[/p][/quote]There are plenty of Labour Councillors sitting on the county and borough planning committees, did they also keep quiet in the hope of getting elected? If you bothered to show up at any of the meetings held to discuss this you will know about how much time everyone has had to respond to this.. This is a cross party initiative with councilors from all parties getting involved... so instead of sitting around dishing out politically motivated misinformation, get off your arse and join in the fight to save our recycling centre! Believe in better
  • Score: -4

6:48am Sat 21 Jun 14

Reader (R) says...

"A contractor has been appointed to run the service and their suggested service changes are the subject of this consultation".

When contractors bid for contracts they are well aware of what is on offer and thats what they base their bid on. To say that after winning the contract they are now going into a period of consultation as to how to operate it makes a mockery of the process and, the intelligence of the electorate.

Like most things with councils this was a done deal from the start and it was on that basis that the contract was awarded.

As for B I B's comment "There are plenty of Labour Councillors sitting on the county and borough planning committees",

As far as I can ascertain there is only one labour member on the planning committee's for both councils so that hardly constitutes "plenty"
"A contractor has been appointed to run the service and their suggested service changes are the subject of this consultation". When contractors bid for contracts they are well aware of what is on offer and thats what they base their bid on. To say that after winning the contract they are now going into a period of consultation as to how to operate it makes a mockery of the process and, the intelligence of the electorate. Like most things with councils this was a done deal from the start and it was on that basis that the contract was awarded. As for B I B's comment "There are plenty of Labour Councillors sitting on the county and borough planning committees", As far as I can ascertain there is only one labour member on the planning committee's for both councils so that hardly constitutes "plenty" Reader (R)
  • Score: 3

6:51am Sat 21 Jun 14

Reader (R) says...

Where I have referred to councillors on committee's I have used only the councillors details for those elected to represent Hertsmere.
Where I have referred to councillors on committee's I have used only the councillors details for those elected to represent Hertsmere. Reader (R)
  • Score: 0

10:14am Mon 23 Jun 14

Brookmeadow Resident says...

Believe in better wrote:
Brookmeadow Resident wrote:
So Tory Councillors ask residents to ask other Tory Councillors not to cut critical services...
Why are they glossing over their own political links with the people proposing these cuts?
How odd that this only came out after the recent local elections...
There are plenty of Labour Councillors sitting on the county and borough planning committees, did they also keep quiet in the hope of getting elected? If you bothered to show up at any of the meetings held to discuss this you will know about how much time everyone has had to respond to this.. This is a cross party initiative with councilors from all parties getting involved... so instead of sitting around dishing out politically motivated misinformation, get off your arse and join in the fight to save our recycling centre!
It is hard to blame Labour Councillors for keeping quiet before elections about plans that the Tory leadership of the County Council only chose to disclose after the elections...

It may well be a cross-party initiative, but it would be good to see the Tory leadership of our Borough (especially those who also sit on the County Council) publicly acknowledge that it is the policies of their own political stablemates that have led got us to this point in the first place...
[quote][p][bold]Believe in better[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brookmeadow Resident[/bold] wrote: So Tory Councillors ask residents to ask other Tory Councillors not to cut critical services... Why are they glossing over their own political links with the people proposing these cuts? How odd that this only came out after the recent local elections...[/p][/quote]There are plenty of Labour Councillors sitting on the county and borough planning committees, did they also keep quiet in the hope of getting elected? If you bothered to show up at any of the meetings held to discuss this you will know about how much time everyone has had to respond to this.. This is a cross party initiative with councilors from all parties getting involved... so instead of sitting around dishing out politically motivated misinformation, get off your arse and join in the fight to save our recycling centre![/p][/quote]It is hard to blame Labour Councillors for keeping quiet before elections about plans that the Tory leadership of the County Council only chose to disclose after the elections... It may well be a cross-party initiative, but it would be good to see the Tory leadership of our Borough (especially those who also sit on the County Council) publicly acknowledge that it is the policies of their own political stablemates that have led got us to this point in the first place... Brookmeadow Resident
  • Score: 1

11:12pm Mon 23 Jun 14

sj6 says...

The recycling centre covering Hatfield is also likely to close and the people using that centre will no doubt be using the one in Potters Bar. One wonders if Potters Bar will be able to handle the extra rubbish? and what about the increase in traffic travelling along Cranborne Road which is already a busy road?
The recycling centre covering Hatfield is also likely to close and the people using that centre will no doubt be using the one in Potters Bar. One wonders if Potters Bar will be able to handle the extra rubbish? and what about the increase in traffic travelling along Cranborne Road which is already a busy road? sj6
  • Score: 2

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