Civic tips to shut down in council savings plan
THREE Swansea tips will close for three days of the week as the council looks to cut back costs.
Plans have been approved to reduce the opening hours at the civic amenity sites in the city, leaving only two open seven days a week.
The plans are part of Swansea Council's overall budget savings arrangements which were approved earlier in the year.
At present, the city's five civic amenity sites at Garngoch, Penlan, Tir John, Baling Plant in Llansamlet and Clyne are open seven days a week.
From Wednesday, June 1, the three sites at Garngoch, Penlan and Tir John will open from Friday until Monday — the busiest times — and close between Tuesday and Thursday. The Baling Plant and Clyne will continue to operate for seven days a week.
However, with black bag collections reduced to fortnightly following the introduction of new collections, where refuse and recycling are collected on alternate weeks, some Swansea residents say they will struggle to get rid of waste easily.
Louise Pickett, from Cwmbwrla, who uses Penlan civic amenity regularly, said closing midweek would be inconvenient.
"My family frequently uses the tip, probably more so in the past month since the council brought in the new rubbish collections because we don't really have anywhere to store black bag rubbish," she said. "I know Swansea Council needs to save money, but we it seems we are losing a lot at the moment.
"Fortunately, I live close enough to the Baling Plant on the Enterprise Zone, so I can use that if during the week if needs be, but people over in Gorseinon or Loughor will have a long way to travel to a tip midweek."
In its revenue budget for 2011/12, Swansea Council set out plans to make millions of pounds in savings.
In the plans was a review of the way civic amenity sites are run. By making changes Swansea Council is hoping to save around £100,000.
Carl Humphrey, head of streetscene in Swansea Council, said: "All the sites will remain open during their busiest periods.
"We know that the majority of residents use our civic amenity sites during the weekend.
"We have looked in detail at the percentage of waste collected at all five sites. Collection tonnages are significantly higher at the Baling Plant and Clyne which took nearly 65 per cent of the waste collected in 2009/10.
"We don't anticipate there being any problems for residents who want to dispose of household waste.
"Residents who want to recycle their waste also have the opportunity to use our kerbside recycling services."
For more information on recycling and opening times of civic amenity sites visit Swansea Council's website.