Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change Councillor Dave Ashmore provides his latest update on the ongoing measures at the Port Solent tip (HWRC).
As you may know, over the last couple of weeks we have partially reopened the tip at Port Solent (the Hampshire Waste and Recycling Centre). This has seen a traffic management system put in place and social distancing practised to protect both residents and staff when using the facility.
As expected, many people have been using the tip and using it according to current national guidelines set down because of the Covid19 pandemic.
To help manage the usage levels responsibly, vehicles are being admitted based on the last number on their registration plate - those with an even number as their last digit will be allowed in on 'even' days and those with an odd number as their last digit are allowed in on 'odd' days. This information is on the Council website.
Originally we limited the tip's opening times to 10 am - 4 pm with only 4 cars being able to access the site at any one time. We can now announce that as from Saturday the 23rd of May, we will extend the closing time to 6 pm, and also the tip will accommodate 6 cars at one time. This is part of a process to keep up with demand while also ensuring everyone's safety at the same time.
For further details, please visit the waste & recycling section on the Council's Coronavirus update site.
I'd like to put on record my thanks to all the staff working at the tip, the council officers who have been working to accomplish this, and also everyone who has been using the tip responsibly since its reopening - times have been difficult and there's a lot of readjustment that's had to happen, but we're getting through it all.