Locals turned away as traders travel 50+ miles to use tip
Locals are being turned away from a North Staffordshire tip - because traders are making a 110-mile round trip to use the facility. An investigation has found that traders from Wolverhampton, Coventry and Birmingham are using Stone tip. It comes as Staffordshire County Council has brought the running of its 14 tips back in-house.
This includes looking at 'border controls'. Councillor Jill Hood, who represents Stone, said: "We have the most efficient recycling centre in Stone; it is very well used and it really is welcomed by residents. But I'm having more and more traders get in touch with me complaining that they are being turned away because there just isn't the capacity to take their waste.
READ: ParkingEye slammed over pub car park charging motorists without permission "I went there and did a mini-survey of my own, had a look at the vans and trucks that were coming in to dispose of their trade recycling waste. They were coming from Wolverhampton, Coventry, Birmingham - I couldn't believe the areas that these people were coming from to get rid of their recycling.
I spoke to a very helpful officer at the county who said to me that unfortunately we don't have border control. It's very disappointing that we don't keep our Staffordshire border localised to Stone for our traders." In response, Councillor Simon Tagg, cabinet member for the environment, responded: "That is a big problem we have inherited from the previous contractor.
Officers are aware of that and through the scrutiny process and cabinet we can explore how we deal with that. "It should be a residents'-first service and a residents of Staffordshire-first service. We know businesses do have to use them but we need to manage that and have a process which isn't really clear and in place at the moment.
"We will be working to bring that in and we will see benefits across the board, particularly for those that suffer from cross-border incursions, such as near Stoke-on-Trent or on the borders east, west and south. I'm really optimistic about this, it's a good development to bring them in-house. "But we've got to be mindful of the possibilities of fly-tipping if businesses do come from out of the area and try to find a country road to dump it on.
We don't want that to happen either because the district and borough councils have to pick up the bill for that." NEWSLETTER: Sign up for email alerts from StokeonTrentLive direct to your inbox here READ NEXT