In fact the future of the Household Waste Recycling Centre service
provided by KCC across the county is currently under review.
A public consultation running from 1 December is expected to give
everyone in Kent the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making
process although a postal questionnaire will only be distributed to
Residents in Hawkinge may wish to ponder Question 16, which asks: 'Taking into account proposals to improve the facility at Ashford, do
you believe it is reasonable to close the out of date and expensive to
operate site at Hawkinge, provided services exist within a 20 minute
drive time of your home?'
If you did receive a letter inviting you to join the consultation, it
explains you have been selected at random and asks that the recipient
gets others to respond too.
The questionnaire included with the letter asks for views on a range of
areas and options, identified by the council for change.
Included within this are of six proposed policies for consultation for
which KCC proposes to make the following changes to current service at
the Household Waste Recycling Centres:
1. Prohibit the deposit of tyres, gas bottles and asbestos
2. Limit construction waste to two (30 litre) sacks
3. Cease opening height barrier at Household Waste Recycling Centres on
Wednesdays with provision made for domestic over-height vehicles on
4. Prohibit access of vans, trucks, flat-bed vehicles and trailers to
Household Waste Recycling Centres
5. Introduction of permit scheme along the west-Kent boundary to prevent
non-Kent residents using Household Waste Recycling Centres
6. Consider future changes to the network to ensure efficiency
People who have not received a letter can obtain the questionnaire
www.kent.gov.uk/hwrcconsultation, telephone: 08458 247 247 (24
hours a day, 7 days a week) or Textphone (minicom): 08458 247 905
The consultation runs from 1 December 2011 to Thursday 9 February 2012.
All comments received will be published online on the KCC consultation
Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast