Fears over Stourport tip 'chaos'

Kidderminster Shuttle: CONCERNS: Stourport town councillors Ken Henderson, left and David Little are worried about the knock on affects of increased usage at Stourport's recycling centre. Picture: Emma Trimble. 251430ET. CONCERNS: Stourport town councillors Ken Henderson, left and David Little are worried about the knock on affects of increased usage at Stourport's recycling centre. Picture: Emma Trimble. 251430ET.

FEARS that increased usage of a Stourport tip, after the closure of one in Kidderminster, is causing traffic chaos and fly tipping has led to calls from town councillors for the highway authority to take action.

Conservative members of Stourport Town Council Ken Henderson and David Little have told The Shuttle they are worried about the knock on affects of Stourport's Bonemill recycling site, on Stourport Road, being the district's only facility of that type.

Kidderminster's Worcester Road household recycling centre (HRC) has been closed since January 31 to allow for the demolition of an on-site building which contained asbestos but the project has been delayed and it is unlikely to reopen until late autumn.

During the works, Worcestershire County Council officers have been encouraging Kidderminster residents to use the Stourport HRC and staff who usually work at the Kidderminster facility have also been transferred there.

Mr Little said that since the closure, the increase use of the Stourport one has caused "traffic chaos" particularly for users coming from Stourport, who must cross the south-bound A451 carriageway to reach the site via a slip road which quickly fills up, meaning backed up drivers are stationary on the 70mph main road.

He said: "It has caused tremendous problems at the weekend and on Mondays. Stourport is trying to cope with all this household waste from Kidderminster Stourport, access to the site from Stourport is off the 70mph dual carriageway via a feeder road. The queueing is going right up and its causing trouble, people get impatient and it's an accident waiting to happen. There has been close hits recently.

"I have suggested to the council while this is happening we could close off the slip road so all traffic will have to go to the lights [at the Walter Nash Road junction] and turn around. At least then all the traffic will be on the left hand side of the road.

"They could also reduce the speed limits. It it is necessary for the Kidderminster to Worcester A449 stretch to be 50mph then why this needs to be 70mph I do not know. For the minute I am waiting for an accident to happen."

Mr Henderson, who put forward a motion at last month's Stourport Town Council meeting to put pressure on the county council, added: "As well as it causing chaos on the roads, my other main concern is it will put people off using the centre and I am afraid it will result in more fly tipping instead."

The Shuttle asked the county council to respond to the concerns but as yet has not received a response

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12:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

David Hollyoak says...

If the staff was to get their hands out of their pockets and help people with the rubbish it would not be a problem.
If the staff was to get their hands out of their pockets and help people with the rubbish it would not be a problem. David Hollyoak
  • Score: 10

12:05pm Fri 27 Jun 14

stesanfran says...

There is already fly tipping outside the site this has been there all week. I have always found the staff very helpful.
There is already fly tipping outside the site this has been there all week. I have always found the staff very helpful. stesanfran
  • Score: 5

12:37pm Fri 27 Jun 14

David Hollyoak says...

Not now I have just been to have a look
Not now I have just been to have a look David Hollyoak
  • Score: 3

1:15pm Fri 27 Jun 14

stesanfran says...

It was still there at 6am this morning .
It was still there at 6am this morning . stesanfran
  • Score: 1

3:32pm Fri 27 Jun 14

SOS lad says...

I saw a pensioner struggling to get a bag out of her car, the workers just stood watching. Even if they are not allowed to lift anything out of cars etc at least do something useful and direct the cars into available spaces. Perhaps the scouts could help out like they do in Tescos and raise some money for charity.
I saw a pensioner struggling to get a bag out of her car, the workers just stood watching. Even if they are not allowed to lift anything out of cars etc at least do something useful and direct the cars into available spaces. Perhaps the scouts could help out like they do in Tescos and raise some money for charity. SOS lad
  • Score: 6

5:45pm Fri 27 Jun 14

stour67 says...

Tips are run by a private Italian company so the council cannot do anything this is what happens when public services are moved to the private sector .More to come.
Tips are run by a private Italian company so the council cannot do anything this is what happens when public services are moved to the private sector .More to come. stour67
  • Score: 6

12:35am Sat 28 Jun 14

daffidil says...

How long before a serious accident happens on this busy main road, people drive out the tip and don't even stop / i witnessed it this week. Idiots.
How long before a serious accident happens on this busy main road, people drive out the tip and don't even stop / i witnessed it this week. Idiots. daffidil
  • Score: 2

2:59pm Sat 28 Jun 14

emjaypee says...

stour67 wrote:
Tips are run by a private Italian company so the council cannot do anything this is what happens when public services are moved to the private sector .More to come.
The company are a contractor who operate the site on behalf of the county council.
The county can do something if they have the will.... open the Kidder site asap instead of coming up with silly reasons why they can't. From what I can see the building has now been demolished so get on with it WCC.
[quote][p][bold]stour67[/bold] wrote: Tips are run by a private Italian company so the council cannot do anything this is what happens when public services are moved to the private sector .More to come.[/p][/quote]The company are a contractor who operate the site on behalf of the county council. The county can do something if they have the will.... open the Kidder site asap instead of coming up with silly reasons why they can't. From what I can see the building has now been demolished so get on with it WCC. emjaypee
  • Score: 9

2:57pm Sun 29 Jun 14

stour67 says...

This site will never get rebuilt as it will sold off, you watch,with the new road close by the value of it has increased.
This site will never get rebuilt as it will sold off, you watch,with the new road close by the value of it has increased. stour67
  • Score: 4

7:13pm Sun 29 Jun 14

IGeoTre says...

It seems wise to reduce the speed limit on that very short bit anyway.
It seems wise to reduce the speed limit on that very short bit anyway. IGeoTre
  • Score: 1

7:26pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Arsiep says...

It's a shambles! Why did we ever believe the WFDC that the Worcester Road tip wpuld re-open? Stourport Road tip is undermanned, poorly organised and woefully under capacity for the extra work since the closure.
Queues persist, access is hazardous end exit even worse.

Typical council incompetence and pathetic communications!
It's a shambles! Why did we ever believe the WFDC that the Worcester Road tip wpuld re-open? Stourport Road tip is undermanned, poorly organised and woefully under capacity for the extra work since the closure. Queues persist, access is hazardous end exit even worse. Typical council incompetence and pathetic communications! Arsiep
  • Score: 1

7:49pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Stephen Brown says...

70mph on that stretch of road has always been dangerous, with extra exiting traffic etc it's now downright deadly. Never understood why it's not been reduced and have said as much in a PACT meeting ages ago.
70mph on that stretch of road has always been dangerous, with extra exiting traffic etc it's now downright deadly. Never understood why it's not been reduced and have said as much in a PACT meeting ages ago. Stephen Brown
  • Score: 1
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