GATESHEAD TIPS: Opening hours extended to tackle three-hour queues
Tips in Gateshead will be open longer from tomorrow in a bid to cut mammoth three-hour queues from residents eager to get rid of their rubbish.
Gateshead Council’s two tips closed on March 24 because of Government guidance on essential travel which did not include travel to household waste and recycling centres.
Under guidance issued by the Government, sites at Campground in Wrekenton and Cowen Road in Blaydon reopened in May last year but an alternate number plate system dictates when people can go.
Now, “unprecedented public demand”means that drivers are waiting as long as three hours to access the sites, causing mayhem on nearby roads.
In a bid to cut these queues, the council is extending the opening hours of the waste recycling centres, which currently close at 5pm, until 8pm starting from Thursday.
This temporary measure means that residents will have 12 hours each day in which they can dispose of their rubbish.
The council tweeted: “From tomorrow, our Household Waste & Recycling Centres will be open 8am to 8pm every day as a temporary measure. This is due to unprecedented public demand which is causing 2-3 hour long queues of traffic which is disrupting local highways.”
The alternating odd and even number plate system will still be in place and residents have been asked only to visit if it is essential.
Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter
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