Friday, 13 September 2013

Waste tip opening times

As Leicestershire County Council continue in their drive to make savings the attention of the Conservative Cabinet has turned this afternoon to Household Waste Sites.

At their meeting the Cabinet agreed to the following changes:

  • From 1 April to 30 September each year sites will be open 7 days per week from 9.00am to 7.00pm.
  • From 1 October to 31 March each year, sites will open for 5 days per week from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Leicestershire County Council will ensure all sites are open at weekends and a proportion of sites around the county will be open every day during the week.
  • Sites will continue to close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Each site will publicise which days they are to close.

It is anticipated that the changes to opening hours will come into effect from 1 November.

The Council has some very tough financial challenges facing it over the coming years.

It seems to me that the approved changes will not have a significant impact on residents although they will be slightly more inconvenienced. However, as we try to minimise the impact of massive cuts elsewhere it's one measure which seems to me at least well thought out and as far as these things can go, welcome.


  1. Your second point does not make sense. If I understand correctly this does inconvenience users. As I work full time how am I supposed to tip anything between October and March? If that is the case then this is poorly thought out can only lead to more fly tipping.

    1. Thanks for your comment.

      In an ideal world we wouldn't be cutting public services at all.

      However the sad reality is that Leicestershire County Council has to make cuts of £110 million over the next few years.

      In those circumstances we have to look at what are the 'least worst' cuts. Bearing in mind even during the winter all sites will be open at weekends and a proportion kept open every day during the week (for example Lount may be open when Coalville is closed) any impact will be limited.

      Considering the far reaching impact that budget restrictions are going to have I do think that this is one change which makes sense.