Residents rush to sign tip petition

Residents rush to sign tip petition

Residents rush to sign tip petition

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MORE than 1,000 residents have signed a petition to save Dovercourt tip.

Labour councillors in Harwich launched a campaign to protect the site after leaked documents revealed it could be under threat.

Maps released to the Standard showed the West End Lane based recycling centre would close and residents instead referred to Lawford's site 13 miles away, which would be expanded.

Harwich town councillor Garry Calver said: "So far we have had 800 signatures on the hard copy petition and more than 550 online - that's in less than a week."

But county councillor for Manningtree, Carlo Guglielmi said: "It's all been blown out of proportion.

"There are no closures planned and no consultation planned yet."

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10:39am Thu 22 May 14

zerowasteisthewaytogo says...

The Council should be wary of introducing a paid for garden waste service. It may look an easy way to make revenue (and be sold to them in that way) but in the current financial climate there are a lot of people who will not want to or be able to pay for it.

Unless they very very actively encourage people to compost more they may find that people find other ways to avoid having any garden waste to dispose of either in a paid for system or at a recycling centre.

We should be encouraging people to grow their own and in particular herbs which are so often flown in, have lots of packaging, and thrown away because they are unused and don't last. Instead despite planning restrictions there are bound to be increases in concreted over gardens with no greenery at all.

I urge you all to walk down your street and enjoy the front gardens now and remember because they are likely to become a thing of the past. They are in danger of becoming ugly wheelie bin yards. Time is what you make of it and there are solutions to simplifying and reducing the effort involved in looking after gardens rather than just concreting. You'll just get a new lot of maintenance problems together with increased flooding. Check out porous solutions and the Royal Horticultural Society's website.
The Council should be wary of introducing a paid for garden waste service. It may look an easy way to make revenue (and be sold to them in that way) but in the current financial climate there are a lot of people who will not want to or be able to pay for it. Unless they very very actively encourage people to compost more they may find that people find other ways to avoid having any garden waste to dispose of either in a paid for system or at a recycling centre. We should be encouraging people to grow their own and in particular herbs which are so often flown in, have lots of packaging, and thrown away because they are unused and don't last. Instead despite planning restrictions there are bound to be increases in concreted over gardens with no greenery at all. I urge you all to walk down your street and enjoy the front gardens now and remember because they are likely to become a thing of the past. They are in danger of becoming ugly wheelie bin yards. Time is what you make of it and there are solutions to simplifying and reducing the effort involved in looking after gardens rather than just concreting. You'll just get a new lot of maintenance problems together with increased flooding. Check out porous solutions and the Royal Horticultural Society's website. zerowasteisthewaytogo
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