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Household Waste Centre
« on: March 21, 2011, 11:49:31 AM »
Doe anyone know if the Council plans to extend the opening hours for the recycluing centre in Cheney Manor?

The hours were reduced last winter to only cover the hours of 8.00 to 18.30, which means that anyone who works days has very little choice but to join a long queues on Saturdays or Sundays.

I seem to recall that the opening hours were extended with a flurry of publicity a few years back when fortnightly collections came in and and this saw the site open until around 21.30 (? ish).  I must admit that I am slightly suspicious that this could be a prime candidate for a stealth cut to the service.  The reduced hours were introduced to coincide with the winter, a fact that may now be conveniently forgotten by the powers at SBC as they attempt to maitain the service at the reduced level as we enter the summer months.

Can anyone shed any light on whether the hours will be extended?  A few months of DIY have resulted in me having a garage full of stuff that needs to go.

 



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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2011, 05:09:13 PM »
Very likely, I suspect the worst.

The Swindon LETS scheme has a few people who will do tip runs for you for a negotiated rate in "sarsens"- if the worst comes to the worst. I can see the scheme taking off for both those who are time poor and those who are time rich.
 I'm sure there are some skills you can offer in exchange- doesn't have to be directly. your effort gets logged in the LETS "Bank".

Or you may wish to "sell"  your spare items on LETS and people can pay in Sarsens- all getting logged and registered-
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2011, 09:53:15 PM »
Alex, last I went to the tip, I went with my brother in his ex po van and we took a wooden greenhouse that was passed its sell by date, when we got there we had at least 10 minutes of questions on how we came about the greenhouse and was it ours, etc so how does  this lets scheme  work, if they apply the same questions to those people?.

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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2011, 10:28:09 PM »
Doe anyone know if the Council plans to extend the opening hours for the recycluing centre in Cheney Manor?

The hours were reduced last winter to only cover the hours of 8.00 to 18.30, which means that anyone who works days has very little choice but to join a long queues on Saturdays or Sundays.

I seem to recall that the opening hours were extended with a flurry of publicity a few years back when fortnightly collections came in and and this saw the site open until around 21.30 (? ish).  I must admit that I am slightly suspicious that this could be a prime candidate for a stealth cut to the service.  The reduced hours were introduced to coincide with the winter, a fact that may now be conveniently forgotten by the powers at SBC as they attempt to maitain the service at the reduced level as we enter the summer months.

Can anyone shed any light on whether the hours will be extended?  A few months of DIY have resulted in me having a garage full of stuff that needs to go.

 

The hours are unlikely to be extended....

While I was employed in the Streetsmart dept at SBC I had heard that as part of cost cutting the hours had been reduced, although no one was to be officially 'told', and no annoucement or press release was to be made, as a certain lead member didn't want to be associated with the word 'Cuts'.

Of course it was all unoffical and hush hush hoping no one would mention it, it was never supposed to be noticed.

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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2011, 08:41:42 AM »
Hi Alex,

Thanks for the heads up on the LETS scheme, I may look into that.

Richard,

What you've said is pretty much as I suspected too.  I may write an email to the member concerned and ask when the opening times will be extended again.  I think it's important that we don't allow this type of cut to be swept under the carpet as this will likely lead to an increase in fly tipping.  If nothing else I think it was Mart that once said 'sometimes you just have to let them know that you know' and I think this is a case in point.

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2011, 09:37:57 AM »
Hi Kohima,

the LETS scheme is just a case of registering with them and following the instructions, people who are interested  may , at your invitation, come to view the stuff you want to "sell" and will agree a price in "sarsens" and its is registered with the "bank" by you both phoning  Robert Slade ( after the event!). They then take it away.

If it is services you need or can offer he will email around and ask on your behalf. I have a plumber coming in today to sort out a leak in the washbasin and if he can do it we'll agree a price.  "sold" a couch few weeks ago so have a credit of 50 sarsens in there. Easy. Just google it and they are very helpful if you need any help.

Sounds like the tip was a nightmare. The other thing is Freecycle- no trading -just giving away stuff you no longer need to stop it going into landfill . Its a yahoo group. Great for getting rid of stuff or acquiring bits - I've used it for years to clear a house and to get odd bits I needed.

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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2011, 08:46:59 PM »
I contacted Keith Williams to ask about the opening hours.  He's confirmed that they do intend to extend the opening times to 8.30pm.  It was hoped that they could do this in time for the clocks changing however he thinks it may be delayed by a week.

Apparently past attendance has shown that opening to 9.30pm was unnecessary.

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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2011, 10:18:44 PM »
I contacted Keith Williams to ask about the opening hours.  He's confirmed that they do intend to extend the opening times to 8.30pm.  It was hoped that they could do this in time for the clocks changing however he thinks it may be delayed by a week.

Apparently past attendance has shown that opening to 9.30pm was unnecessary.

Do they still do the web cam... so you can look at the queues before you go?

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2011, 10:20:08 PM »
http://www.swindon.gov.uk/environment/wasteandrecycling/streetsmart-householdwasterecyclingcentre/hwrcwebcam.htm

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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2011, 09:56:48 AM »
Do they still do the web cam... so you can look at the queues before you go?

Yeah, lot of people with grass cuttings though.

Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don’t know what your rights are, or who the person is you’re talking to. Then, on the way out, slam the door.

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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2011, 10:15:45 AM »
Very droll  ;D
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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2011, 08:17:57 PM »
Who you calling a Droll?  Dunno what it means but I know it's offensive.

That Operation Stack down at the tip will end up in fisticuffs one day I reckon, I hate it, especially when I've forgotten me baccy and Rizlas. Mind you I keep a microfibre cloth and paintbrush handy, I do detail work on my dashboard while I'm waiting, it lessens the effect of the appalling stench of what I've loaded in the back and forgotten about for a day or three.

Then I get grumpy looking at all the idle kit laying around.

S'pect I'll cope though.
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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2011, 11:20:58 AM »
Your concept of house hold waste centre sounds interesting and something indeed.
But was wondering what kind of waste you are taking into consideration, so that even I can participate in it!!

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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2011, 05:48:52 PM »
/\ You're in there, Alligator!

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Re: Household Waste Centre
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2011, 06:53:45 PM »
Only trouble is that was back in March - now they are thinking of cutting hours - I think!
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