25 jobs to be axed at Cumbria waste recycling sites

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TWENTY five waste management workers face the axe as part of a cut back in Cumbria’s recycling centre opening times.

A leaked consultation document obtained by The Westmorland Gazette reveals how Cumbria Waste Management – a company owned by Cumbria County Council (CCC) – plans to make redundancies and reduce opening hours at 14 authority sites.

Under the proposals, waste recycling opening at Canal Head, Kendal, would be cut from seven days to five days a week, with total opening hours reduced from 56 to 35.

The largest reduction in opening times will be borne by Ambleside recycling centre, which will see the number of operating days cut from seven to two – with opening hours slashed from 70 to 18 a week in summer and 14 in winter.

Ulverston’s opening will reduce from seven days to four with hours falling from 70 to 36 in summer and to 28 in winter, while opening at Grange-over-Sands will fall from three to two days and hours from 24 to 14.

In Eden, Kirkby Stephen recycling centre’s opening times will be cut from four days to two and its hours will go down down from 40 to 16 in summer and just 14 in winter.

The reduction in opening times follows CCC’s U-turn on its initial plan to close some recycling centres entirely.

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Following a public outcry, the authority agreed to keep them open and instead reduce opening times across the county.

CCC said changes to the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) could be implemented early in 2013.

Fifteen of the workers being axed are currently on fixed-term contracts, which would be allowed to expire, while 10 positions would be lost through redundancy.

An authority spokesman said: “Staff at HWRCs have long been aware of the intention to scale back operations and opening hours following the initial cabinet decision in March — so there are no surprises that the consultation is now beginning.

“The decision to reduce hours in HWRCs followed a full public consultation on original proposals to close six of the county's least used HWRCs.

“The Cumbrian public strongly opposed closures, so the reduced hours option was deemed to be a preferable solution at a time when savings have to be made."

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9:11am Thu 22 Nov 12

MJ-kendal says...

Such a pity - the workers at Canal Head have been very helpful and are so nice. However, it also shows that the council don't understand how people behave. Knowing that the recycling centre is open all the time is what makes it so easy to use. Once you find that it is closed when you want it, and have a load of waste, you will start to move away from it and find other ways to dispose of items. Overall it ends up with a failure.

Crazy.
Such a pity - the workers at Canal Head have been very helpful and are so nice. However, it also shows that the council don't understand how people behave. Knowing that the recycling centre is open all the time is what makes it so easy to use. Once you find that it is closed when you want it, and have a load of waste, you will start to move away from it and find other ways to dispose of items. Overall it ends up with a failure. Crazy. MJ-kendal
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9:36am Thu 22 Nov 12

tictoc1 says...

Won't this encourage more fly tipping?
Won't this encourage more fly tipping? tictoc1
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10:30am Thu 22 Nov 12

KingofGrasmere says...

ARRRRGHHHH - The vision for the Lake District National Park is: A model of sustainable development in action. How on earth somebody for crying out loud can this be achieved by making to difficult to recycle, this being one of the key components. Government and local authorities talk such Bull**** endlessly going on about reducing car use - where are the of road cycle lanes. Then drone on about recycling - so close the centres. In south lakes you cant even recycle a plastic bottle via home collections - which is made of oil the oh so valuable stuff we are running out of....Pathetic load of criminal bureaocrats, its a disgrace
ARRRRGHHHH - The vision for the Lake District National Park is: A model of sustainable development in action. How on earth somebody for crying out loud can this be achieved by making to difficult to recycle, this being one of the key components. Government and local authorities talk such Bull**** endlessly going on about reducing car use - where are the of road cycle lanes. Then drone on about recycling - so close the centres. In south lakes you cant even recycle a plastic bottle via home collections - which is made of oil the oh so valuable stuff we are running out of....Pathetic load of criminal bureaocrats, its a disgrace KingofGrasmere
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10:30am Thu 22 Nov 12

KingofGrasmere says...

ARRRRGHHHH - The vision for the Lake District National Park is: A model of sustainable development in action. How on earth somebody for crying out loud can this be achieved by making to difficult to recycle, this being one of the key components. Government and local authorities talk such Bull**** endlessly going on about reducing car use - where are the of road cycle lanes. Then drone on about recycling - so close the centres. In south lakes you cant even recycle a plastic bottle via home collections - which is made of oil the oh so valuable stuff we are running out of....Pathetic load of criminal bureaocrats, its a disgrace
ARRRRGHHHH - The vision for the Lake District National Park is: A model of sustainable development in action. How on earth somebody for crying out loud can this be achieved by making to difficult to recycle, this being one of the key components. Government and local authorities talk such Bull**** endlessly going on about reducing car use - where are the of road cycle lanes. Then drone on about recycling - so close the centres. In south lakes you cant even recycle a plastic bottle via home collections - which is made of oil the oh so valuable stuff we are running out of....Pathetic load of criminal bureaocrats, its a disgrace KingofGrasmere
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10:56am Thu 22 Nov 12

blade stall says...

Nothing short of a disgrace. As usual i guess the private sector will take up the slack its what we do best. How much can it cost to run the business??? Well im sure it costs a fortune if the public sector is involved. What gets me is as a private business i have a legal obligation to provide waste disposal for my clients... if i take it away sldcs environment team (who are very good actually contrary to my rant) would come down on me like a tonne of bricks and suspend my licence.... yet they are prepared to just cut services at will......
Nothing short of a disgrace. As usual i guess the private sector will take up the slack its what we do best. How much can it cost to run the business??? Well im sure it costs a fortune if the public sector is involved. What gets me is as a private business i have a legal obligation to provide waste disposal for my clients... if i take it away sldcs environment team (who are very good actually contrary to my rant) would come down on me like a tonne of bricks and suspend my licence.... yet they are prepared to just cut services at will...... blade stall
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6:44pm Thu 22 Nov 12

hogheaven says...

Well what do you expect from this council its par for course. The only thing they are good at are messing things up, give all public works to the private sector and the money saved will be enormous.They waste money on buying new car park ticket machines why should we have to pay to park its killing trade in Kendal give us a break for god sake
Well what do you expect from this council its par for course. The only thing they are good at are messing things up, give all public works to the private sector and the money saved will be enormous.They waste money on buying new car park ticket machines why should we have to pay to park its killing trade in Kendal give us a break for god sake hogheaven
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10:04am Sat 24 Nov 12

craggy says...

Everytime I go to the Ambleside site there are no other users there and 2 workers skulking by the gates smoking. Difficult to justify it being open 7 days a week.
Do I remember correctly that the Ambleside and Grange sites used to be open half the week each and manned by the same team?
Everytime I go to the Ambleside site there are no other users there and 2 workers skulking by the gates smoking. Difficult to justify it being open 7 days a week. Do I remember correctly that the Ambleside and Grange sites used to be open half the week each and manned by the same team? craggy
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