tip tax petitionA petition set up by Liberal Democrat county councillors calling on Surrey County Council to axe its charges on residents disposing of DIY waste has attracted over 1000 signatures in just over 2 weeks. The petition was set up after the Government, as part of a wider consultation on fly-tipping, stated that "The Government's view is that residents should be able to dispose of household DIY waste free of charge" and "The Government will consider clarifying the law if councils continue to charge for disposal of reasonable amounts of DIY waste". The County Council introduced the unpopular charges, dubbed the "Tory Tip Tax", in September 2016 and earlier in January this year ended the daily allowance for local residents to dispose of waste for free.

A link to the petition can be found HERE

alun bbc 2Caterham Tandridge District Councillor Alun Jones is one the councillors urging Tandridge residents to be aware of the proposals: “The Caterham site clearly has a limit on how much waste / recycling it can accept, and experience shows that each time a container is full they have to shut the site for a period of time while they replace it with an empty one. This compounds traffic congestion and may mean the site will have to turn residents away or refuse to accept that material. Therefore I believe the potential increase in residents using the Caterham site will make the current traffic issues in the area much worse.”

SCC Davjd Hodge

The Conservative-administration has stated that its preferred proposals are to:

1. Permanently close four smaller CRCs - Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham
2. End the free daily allowance of non-household waste
3. Close CRCs on two weekdays so all sites are open for five days a week
4. Restrict users of vans, trailers and pick-ups to larger CRCs only
5. Ensure CRCs in Camberley and Farnham are only used by Surrey resident
Even local Tories realise this is a poorly thought out plan!


Conservative run Surrey County Council is to close the local recycling centre at Warlingham and restrict Caterham Hill site - all in a bid to save money.
County Cllr David Lee says, “Surrey is broke - it is desperately trying to save £100 million this year. But this plan is shortsighted. Closing Warlingham tip will push the 70,000 visits per year to the overcrowded site in Chaldon Road.”
Cllr Alun Jones says, “These proposals are a green light for fly-tipping. The Conservatives at County Hall are making it harder and harder for people to do the right thing and dispose of their waste responsibly.”
Surrey also want to increase charges and reduce opening hours.
The Recycling centres are paid for by Surrey County Council, but fly-tipping is cleared up by Tandridge District Council. David says, “This is another example of how the Tories running Surrey and the Tories running Tandridge are not communicating. Other councils across the South East manage to keep their recycling centres open and spend less per head on services. Surrey’s inefficient, top heavy management is costing residents their important services”

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Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have expressed their anger and opposition to Tory plans to axe 4 Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) across the county. The plans follow on from the introduction of hugely unpopular charges to use the CRCs last year which were forced through by the Conservative Cabinet, despite widespread opposition by residents and Liberal Democrat county councillors.