County council axes plans to open public tip in Stamford

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PLANS for a tip in Stamford are likely to be dumped.

Lincolnshire County Council has been trying to find a suitable site for a household waste recycling centre in the town since 2007 and was considering land off Ryhall Road.

But a lack of funds and suitable locations mean plans for a tip have now been dropped in favour of a change in policy.

The council currently requires 90 per cent of households in the county to be within seven miles of a tip.

Stamford residents are 11 miles away from the nearest facility in Spalding Road, Bourne, while Market Deeping residents are about seven miles away.

But a report that will go before the council’s executive on Tuesday proposes the policy be changed to 95 per cent of households within 12 miles of a tip.

As a result Stamford will not get its own tip. Instead the council will continue to give money to South Kesteven District Council to increase its own waste disposal services in the town.

Head of environmental management at the county council, Sean Kent, said: “Despite the consideration of numerous different locations, it has not proved possible to acquire suitable land for a household waste recycling centre at Stamford.

“Direct support is proposed to be given to South Kesteven District Council for the provision of supplementary waste service in lieu of a household waste recycling centre in this town.”

The altered policy would come into effect on April 1 if it is approved by the executive.

The extra funding for the district council was agreed in 2007 to ensure Stamford still received a proper waste disposal service until a site for a tip was found.

Officers have recommended the payments continue for Stamford as it is right on the boundary of the new 12-mile radius. The payment for the current financial year is estimated to be £49,600.

The Bourne tip is run by Bullimores but the contract runs out in April.

Mr Kent added: “The contracts for all our household waste recycling centre in the county are currently out to tender. These are expected back in mid January.

“The new contracts are due to be awarded in February, to commence on April 1 this year.”

Rutland, which is only 18 miles at its widest, has two tips in Cottesmore and North Luffenham. Residents must have a permit to use the tips. These have now been sent out to people already registered for one.

You do not have to register for a renewal as suggested incorrectly in last week’s Mercury. If you have not had a permit before you can apply to the county council for one.