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Clampdown call at waste facility

A SHIRLEY man has called on the council to stop people outside the borough using Bickenhill Waste and Recycling Centre.

A SHIRLEY man has called on the council to stop people outside the borough using Bickenhill Waste and Recycling Centre.

Mike Evans contacted the Solihull News after queuing for more than an hour to use the Coventry Road facility.

When he made a trip to the tip earlier this month, he said that the traffic stretched back to Stonebridge Island.

And he blamed the wait on people who were driving into the borough to get rid of their refuse.

“There’s been a lot of problems with rubbish collection in other councils, so people might be coming to Solihull,” said Mr Evans.

“It’s irritating because the facilities at Tyseley are closer to me and I’d happily go there - but I need a Birmingham postcode.

“Maybe Solihull should introduce the same system as Birmingham, so only their taxpayers can use the centre.”

Birmingham City Council introduced restrictions, preventing many people from outside the authority using their tips.

But Councillor Tim Hodgson, cabinet member for the environment, said that this wasn’t an issue in Solihull.

He told the Solihull News that the council carried out random, post-code checks to see who was visiting Bickenhill.

“We have found no recent evidence to suggest that people are travelling from outside the borough to use our facilities.

“I am aware that our centres have been very busy over the last few weeks, and this I believe is due to the time of year and additional waste generated due to the Christmas period.”

 

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