Flytipping fears if Ardley tip closes

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FLYTIPPING could increase in the Bicester area if plans to close the Ardley household waste recycling centre go ahead, a councillor warned this week.

Oxfordshire County Council has proposed to close the Ardley Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) before the end of 2014 and replace it with a centre in Kidlington.

Concerns were raised at Bicester Town Council’s planning committee on Monday night as members discussed the recent approval of plans for a new 300,000-tonne-per-year waste incinerator at Ardley.

Councillor Les Sibley asked officers to investigate exactly when the Ardley centre would close to the public.

Following the meeting, he said: “People in Bicester are going to be inconvenienced.

“People will have to take their rubbish further afield, and it will lead to the temptation of dumping rubbish in the countryside.”

He added: “People need to know what’s going to be made available.”

Cllr Sibley said the centre in Ardley is very well used, with large queues at peak times.

A county council spokesman said: “We recognise that some residents will have to travel further to reach a HWRC, while others will have a shorter distance to travel under the new proposals.

“It’s also important to remember that many of these changes will not be taking place for two or three years, and will be dependent on the introduction of new centres at Kidlington and Banbury.”