Open letter from Cllr Olly Monk - Conservative Shadow for Housing to Cabinet Member responsible for Household Waste and Recycling Centres:
Dear Rob Nolan,
Hope you are well and staying safe.
I would like to know what plans you are making to get our recycling centres reopened ASAP. Guidance from Robert Jenrick Secretary of State for Local Government and Local Communities dated on the 28thApril clearly shows that local authorities should come up with a plan to reopen recycling centres but at their own discretion. In the case of Cornwall Council, it appears that you (as Portfolio holder for Waste) should have directed Officers to develop a workable plan to get these vital community services up and running. Instead, it appears that we are no further forward in getting ready to reopen these facilities. I appreciate that reopening HWRCs will present a challenge, but as other Councils have proved, this is not an insurmountable problem.
Many people throughout the County have large amounts of waste that needs to be taken to our recycling centres now.
I know the Conservative group has come up with several proposals to help with the reopening of our recycling centres Inc.
Using vehicle Registration detail to allocate a disposal date.
Opening the recycling centres 7 days a week and open if its daylight.
Using the Vehicle colour to identify a day to visit.
So far, your response has been to “Rubbish” these ideas rather than to offer viable solutions to the issue.
I know that you would like a booking system to be in place (and paid for by the Government) . I feel this is fantasy thinking that will not work in the short term and will be unpractical in the mid to long term. All this will do is cause more delay in the reopening as you try to get a booking system up and running.
The current low traffic volumes would aid the reopening of the recycling centres so the fact you have not come up with a solution is concerning.
The reopening of recycling centres is already essential, already taking place throughout the country and already overdue in Cornwall.
Please do your job, sort it out and get them open.
Cllr Oliver Monk