Reported Congestion at Basingstoke Waste and Recycling Centre Wade Road
I am aware that there have been issues with congestion outside of Basingstoke Hampshire Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) since the opening hours were changed. Opening hours at all Hampshire sites were changed following the outcomes of a county-wide public consultation undertaken in Summer 2014, so as at a time of severe constraints in the County Council’s finances, continued provision of the HWRC service that is so well used by Hampshire residents can be maintained.
County Council officers regularly visit the Basingstoke site and are actively looking into measures which may help to reduce queuing in future. In particular, new measures to help keep traders and business waste out of the site are planned to be implemented in the near future, helping to reduce vehicle numbers by discouraging these unwanted customers from visiting. In the meantime, I can assure you that staff at Basingstoke HWRC are continuing to work with the public to help reduce congestion at the site.
It should be noted that there has been particularly high demand to visit HWRC sites in recent weeks, a trend that has been noticed in other parts of the country, as well as at local sites. The dry spring weather is thought to have influenced this. It is unfortunate that this has coincided with the change to opening hours, but it is anticipated that levels of demand to use the site should ease off again in future.
I will be keeping a close eye on the site and sending feedback to the County Council officers.