The trial of the new pre-booking system which Essex County Council (ECC) has introduced at all of its recycling centres is a ‘sham’ and a ‘mess’ according to Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) because ECC have failed to produce evidence to support the change. Meanwhile, in a reciprocal response to ECC, Hertfordshire County Council has announced that they now plan to stop Uttlesford residents using their centres.
Cllr Gadd continued “Alarmingly, in what seems classic tit-for-tat, on Monday the Hertfordshire County Council cabinet approved a ban on Uttlesford residents using their centres unless ECC opens Essex centres back up again to Hertfordshire residents and pays the difference. Herts say that 60% of those that use their Bishops Stortford centre don’t live in their county. When a ban comes into effect, Uttlesford residents living in Stansted, the Hallingburys, the Stort Valley, Takeley, Elsenham and Henham will now face a more than 20-mile round trip to Saffron Walden, Braintree or Chelmsford to recycle. ECC have created a complete mess that wasn’t needed, and it will cost residents and our planet dearly. We will continue to push the Tory administration at ECC for a reversal of this flawed initiative, and for Essex and Herts councils to work for their residents.”