Have your say on tip issues

February 04 2015

THE council tip at Mangotsfield could be closed for a day a week to save money.

THE council tip at Mangotsfield could be closed for a day a week to save money.

That is one of the options suggested, along with introducing charges for the disposal of some non-household waste and limiting use of the site by businesses.

South Gloucestershire Council is looking to save £400,000 a year from April 2016 by bringing in changes at its four Sort It Centres: Stoke Gifford, Thornbury,Yate and Mangotsfield.

The council has already brought in ID checks, to try to limit the number of people from outside South Gloucestershire using the sites.

It is now considering asking residents to pre-register for permits before visiting. It is also thinking of introducing van permits and limiting the number of times a van can visit in a year.

The council estimates that a five per cent reduction in the number of visitors using vans and trailers could reduce our running costs by £75,000 per year.

It says that charges for disposal of materials such as asbestos, plasterboard, hardcore and tyres could generate between £125,000 and £200,000.

Currently, three of the four sites, including Mangotsfield, operate seven days a week and have winter opening hours of 8am to 4.30pm, October to March and summer opening hours 8am to 6.30pm, April to September.

Reducing opening hours or days could save between £50,000 and £100,000.

The council is keen to hear people’s views. Responses are needed by February 14.

A spokesman said: “We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council should consider.”

You can fill in a survey online at consultation@southglos.gov.uk or write to FREEPOST RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Sort It Centre Changes Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR