Today local Liberal Democrat County Councilor Chris Botten has written to the Conservative leader of Surrey County Council demanding a date for the opening of the recycling centers here in Caterham and Warlingham.

Government advice throughout the lock down has said that the rubbish dumps could remain open so long as appropriate social distancing procedures were put in place. Unfortunately Surrey made the decision to close them Whilst the larger recycling centers have opened with the nearest being Earlswood in Redhill, those smaller ones that Surrey had previously threatened with closure have remained closed.

Cllr Chris Botten says “The council have claimed that social distancing is difficult at these sites and due to their location there is a risk that there could be significant queues in nearby roads. Kent County Council have operated a pre booking system where residents can book their slots. This mitigates these issues. If they can put in place measures that manage traffic around their recycling centers, why can’t Surrey?”

Westway District Councillor Helen Rujbally says “there is no excuse for fly tipping, but there seems to be a clear link between the tips closed and the amount of fly tipping we are seeing. We have seen Surrey try to close Warlingham and Caterham dumps over the years. I’m worried that delaying the opening is the latest attempt.”

Helen goes on to say “both Caterham and Warlingham dumps have been subject to several consultations and threats of closures or have suffered from reduced hours. We can now see what the loss of these sites lead to with the amount of fly tipping. Surrey need to pull their finger out and sort this”

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