Letter to Editor: Please wait a little longer to use Harlow tip

From Cllr Simon Walsh, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change Action.

“MAY I, through your paper, thank the people of Essex for their patience whilst we got ready to reopen the county’s recycling centres. A good deal of work was needed to ensure social distancing could safely be achieved. This involved marking out the parking bays, painting footprints on the ground to indicate where users can stand when depositing their waste, and a thousand extra information signs.

“We have worked closely with County Highways and Essex Police who have helped us manage the queues outside. Reports coming back to me have been very positive, with users and staff saying its is generally all going well, despite being very busy; to show one user’s appreciation, they presented site staff with ice creams during a very hot day!

“As expected, we have experienced many users turning up as they use this opportunity to get rid of their accumulated waste. I would urge, if you are able, to wait a little while longer as the sites will become less busy, and this will make your visit a better experience for you. If you can dispose of your rubbish using the kerbside collections, then please do so, and only consider using the recycling centre if the waste you have is becoming hazardous or is a safety issue.”

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Simon Walsh
Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change Action
Essex County Council

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3 Responses to "Letter to Editor: Please wait a little longer to use Harlow tip"

  1. tony edwards   May 21, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Surely it is not beyond the wit of Essex County Council to do as other Councils are doing and set up a “booking a slot” arrangement. i

    According to Suffolk County Council “Using a booking system will:reduce the waiting times of visitors to each Recycling Centre and help manage traffic to avoid a dangerous build-up of cars on the roads.

    So if Suffolk can do this why can’t Essex?

  2. kthe5   May 25, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/essex-county-council-rejects-calls-4162821

    Essex County Council rejects calls to introduce recycling centre booking system

    “[Essex County Council] has said that operationally and technically the system could not be implemented.”

    i.e they can’t be bothered.

  3. MickyB77   May 26, 2020 at 11:14 am

    These morons who appear to adore tripping along to the village dump, have been queuing back to the round-about, Edinburgh Way, and blocking the whole area.
    Where are the police, to police the area ?

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