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Restrictions at Havant HWRC during construction

Monday, 09 September 2013

During construction of Havant's new Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) the current site has remained open to residents, however temporary restrictions now need to be put in place in order to allow works to continue safely.

From Monday 16 September 2013 there will be fewer bin containers and parking spaces available as some additional land is required for the construction. As a result a small number of waste types will not be accepted at the Havant site. These include: glass bottles and jars and cooking oil. The reduced capacity and the need to temporarily close the site during bin servicing may result in traffic congestion at busy times along Harts Farm Way. No parking outside the HWRC and walking-in with waste will be allowed. Drivers of large vehicles, vans and cars with trailers are strongly recommended to use alternative sites as there will be limited turning space during construction. The nearest alternative HWRCs are at Waterlooville and Port Solent.

Cllr Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: "We apologise to residents for any inconvenience caused by these temporary restrictions, which are necessary to enable us to continue to develop an improved facility for the residents of Havant.

"The new site will be a big improvement with more capacity and better segregation between householders and operational vehicles. When it opens it will help local people to recycle more material, more safely and therefore reduce waste, making a further contribution to Hampshire's excellent record of diverting over 90 per cent of household waste from landfill."

Work began on the new Havant HWRC on 10 June 2013. The new site will feature a split level layout that will make it quicker and easier for local residents to deposit their household waste and recyclables. Site users will not have to climb up steps as the bins will be set at the lower level. Capacity will also be increased from the current 6 to 14 bins as well as additional upper level storage for other types of waste, such as old fridges and freezers.

A further benefit of the split level layout is that full waste containers can be removed and replaced without having to temporarily close the public access area, as is the case from time to time at the existing site. This will reduce traffic congestion and also ensure that the HWRC can operate without interruption. The access road will feature an on-site stacking lane that can accommodate up to 46 cars, and there will be car parking spaces on site for up to 19 cars including two disabled bays.

The new HWRC is being built by Geoffrey Osborne Ltd and is expected to be completed by November 2013. The cost to build the new HWRC is approximately £943,000, funded from the County Council's capital programme.

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