Hampshire County Council is currently stopping cyclists from using the Household Waste and Recycling Centres that they operate around the County.
At a time when Recycling and Climate Change are to the forefront of environmental issues, it just does not make sense.
Hampshire have failed to give any credible reasons for their discriminatory practice. One recent email claims that it is a ban presently in place because of social distancing issues, yet they have failed to explain why they believe drivers can social distance, but not those arriving by cycle.
The ban on dropping off unwanted items and waste for recycling …
- … is anti-cycling and anti-active travel.
- … is discriminatory against the 50% of the population who don’t own a car and against people who can’t fit a time slot.
- … is against the declared HWRC policy to boost recycling and reduce fly-tipping.
- … is against the declared HCC climate change policies.
- … is financially unfair to those who do not drive and who are still paying Council Tax for this service, yet cannot use the facility.
But there is a glimmer of hope.
Hampshire County Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Roy Humby, has said there will be a “full and proper trial … as soon as we are able to do so.”
That sounds suspiciously like kicking the issue into the long grass.
It doesn’t need a trial, just some simple common sense.
Time to contact local Councillors.