Cranleigh refuse tip and recycling centre

Refuse tip at risk of closure

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You may have read recently that Surrey County Council are considering closing Cranleigh Recycling Centre! Before they go ahead with this closure SCC are carrying out a consultation on their proposal to shut the recycling and refuse tip in Cranleigh and other sites across the county.

This news comes only months after the opening hours at the Cranleigh site were reduced. Considering the increase in residents we are expecting following all the house building that Waverley Borough Council have approved this seems pretty short-sighted. Infrastructure issues have been at the heart of our objections to the high increase of housing in the area and this change is very unhelpful and we think it could lead to an increase in the amount of fly-tipping that already costs Waverley Borough Council large amounts each year.

Please click on the link to the consultation site below and complete the questionnaire before 7 August to let them know what you think.

Consultation

Also, if you have anything you have been meaning to chuck out, take a trip to the tip in the next few days.  The more we can prove that we need this refuse tip, the better!

Here is what one of our members thought about this proposal:

Dear Cranleigh Society

As I am sure are aware, the local paper recently carried a story about a SCC consultation to close a number of Community Recycling Centres including Cranleigh. Travelling to the alternative CRCs would not in any way be convenient, Witley would be a 45 minute journey and the alternative of Guildford likely well in excess of an hour as it will require negotiating central Guildford and then queuing traffic at Slyfield.

I have completed the online survey and if you are able to encourage members (and indeed non members) to respond to the survey there are three opportunities to specifically object to the closure of Cranleigh CRC:

Question 5 – strongly disagree to close Cranleigh

Question 7 – preferred option “closure of some CRCs” set to lowest preference i.e. 1

Question 8 other comments – I have pasted in my own answers below as an example. Although answers to this question cannot be relied on as it is unstructured data it is an opportunity to get individual comments across:

1. Apart from my fortnightly refuse collection, my local CRC is one of the few obvious ways I see that I get something in return for the large amount of council tax I pay. Closing my local CRC would cause me to resent paying my council tax. It’s no good pointing out what else my council tax is spent on as I don’t see any evidence of that, for instance my local roads are very poorly maintained. Putting out “positive” messages about what the saved money would be spent on instead simply won’t cut it as that doesn’t compensate me for the considerable inconvenience of travelling to an alternative CRC. I want the Cranleigh CRC retained, period.

2. At a time when a very large number of new houses are being built or planned to be built in Cranleigh it seems beyond belief that the council would consider closing the Cranleigh CRC. This would be rubbing salt in the wound opened up by having so much housing dumped on a community whose infrastructure is already struggling to cope, and that is before before the population is increased by all the planned house building.

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9 thoughts on “Refuse tip at risk of closure”

  1. This is my response:
    Given the amount of new housing that has been wished on Cranleigh, the proposal to close the CRC is l;udicrous. There are over 1200 new houses approved here, in case you had forgotten, and the idea of closing the CRC when 2400 people at least will need somewhere to take their rubbish is simply mindless. How will you deal with the fly tipping if this stupid idea goes ahead?
    Don’t close the CRC’s, change the Government to one that understands how to run a decent country!

  2. Just as many new homes are to be built….close the tip.Who would have thought that would be a good idea?

  3. When completing your online feedback to SCC about the proposal to close Cranleigh Tip be aware that the scoring system is skewed to pre-defined responses. I found it better to request a paper copy to complete as did not trust the online site.

  4. Unfortunately, since the Refuse Tip’s hours and times of opening have been curtailed, together with the type of refuse accepted, the facility has become of limited use. In view of the Government and Local Authorities attitudes, there is no likelihood that the Tip will be retained. The subsequent fly-tipping which will result will be cleared up by Waverley using our taxes. The choice of Tories at both local and national elections has this outcome.

  5. Why don’t they charge £1 for each car I wonder. The excuse for closing anything to do with the council, is that it is underfunded, so that would cover the costs. I doubt if they would consider anything as simple as that though, and would probably welcome that land for even more new houses, to add to the misery of all the residents in the area.

  6. It is clearly insane to consider closing the Cranleigh Recycling Centre. Where is one supposed to dump one’s rubbish? Fly tipping will increase, which we will all pay for. I pay a huge amount of council tax and I do expect to be able to get rid of my rubbish for this sum. Moreover, given the massive amount of proposed building in the area, where on earth do the Council think that home owners will get rid of their rubbish? Are they really happy with people just dumping it at the side of the road? Making the already ghastly A281 even worse? I don’t know who thought of this idea but they should be sacked forthwith.

    1. Yes I completely agree – hope you have put all of that on the questionnaire and written to Surrey County Council with those comments. The more letters/emails of complaints they get the better.

  7. I have also completed this ‘kept very quiet’ consultation, and posted about it on Facebook to encourage others to stand up for the recycling centre at Nanhurst Crossroads, Cranleigh.

    Living on the A281, we are very well aware of the rubbish and fly tipping along this stretch of road. We have been on at Waverley Environmental Svs for 7 years about fly tipping outside our home, and once we got our local Councillor Kevin Deanus and MP Anne Milton involved, we suddenly began to get much quicker and more positive responses, including the recent installation of a live camera, so that the fly tippers can now be caught breaking the law, and therefore be prosecuted!

    Closing the Nanhurst Recycling Centre is I’m afraid, typically greedy and short sighted of Surrey CC, and will massively increase fly tipping and littering in the area.

  8. More houses means more people means more rubbish ,does this not tell the powers to be something or are they complete thick

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