Traffic chaos at Lyminster recycle site

Our radar missed the info that the site near Lyminster would be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 1 so my husband's trip this week was a waste of time and petrol.

We went again today, Thursday, to find at least 30 cars queuing so that it took 20 minutes to get in. Then chaos with so many cars reversing into and leaving the unloading spots. We could see that containers were being filled quicker than the staff could cope with. When we left, I counted 38 cars queuing back to the main road where four more were waiting to turn in.

This seems complete folly, surely it was to be expected that there would be deadlock after two days closure!

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While we were waiting, a number of cars turned round and left. I could not help wondering if their rubbish might end up being fly tipped which is obviously going to escalate and cost even more money to clear than keeping the facility open.

I do not understand why facilities like this, which have been operating for years, suddenly cannot function efficiently anymore so the answer must be bad management and lack of financial control – perhaps like a lot of the public sectors currently in trouble, they have acquired more ‘chiefs than Indians’. So someone should have been figuring out how to operate efficiently and find other cost savings instead of reducing the services.

One option may have been to install a barrier and charge £1 for entry which I think people would not mind paying to get rid of a full car load of rubbish. A height restriction would also deter the commercial vehicles which the authorities deem such a problem.

Liz Seabrook

Ferringham Lane


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