The Parish Council is delighted that Surrey County Council has decided to keep open the Bond Road CRC, albeit with reduced opening hours.
Following a consultation on proposals to make savings on the County's network of recycling centres, including the closure of four sites including Warlingham, it was decided at the Cabinet meeting on 26 September that all sites would remain open, but that opening hours would be reduced.
In addition the free daily allowance of chargeable waste from the construction and alteration of homes and gardens will be ended and vans, trailers and pick-ups will be restricted to larger CRC sites only. The Council understand that Bond Road will be open for three days a week, rather than the current five, and that these will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
This outcome is the result of the huge response to the consultation – there were 13,637 responses – and overwhelming opposition to the closures. The Parish Council objected strongly by letter and is grateful to all residents who made their views known, and to Tandridge Council and the MP who also objected. The Bond Road CRC is a vital local amenity whose closure would have represented a major withdrawal of service and led to increased fly-tipping as well as congestion at the Caterham Hill facility.