Hounslow’s civic amenity site, Space Waye, will be temporarily closed from Monday 3 October, to allow the site to be changed so it can house the borough’s household recycling.
The decision to temporarily close the site comes about following a delay to the new Materials Handling Facility being built at Southall Lane, which is due to open in mid-2017.
The closure of Space Waye will allow the site to be remodelled to accommodate the borough’s new recycling vehicles. Improvements include precast concrete retaining walls and improved lighting.
Once Space Waye reopens, on Friday 4 November it will only be available to the general public on weekends, for health and safety reasons.
Weekend opening hours for residents will be extended once Space Waye reopens in November:
- Saturdays 8am-6pm
- Sundays 8am-6pm
Those paying to use the site to deposit trade waste will only be able to use it on Mondays to Fridays.
The council will also be investigating options for the permanent re-development of Space Waye, to improve accessibility and health and safety at the site. Engineers will report back to councillors with costed options next year.
Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The decision to temporarily close Space Waye isn’t one that has been taken lightly – there really wasn’t any other suitable option available to us for depositing the borough’s recyclable waste.
“We have chosen this time of year as demand at Space Waye is lower than it is during summer months. We strongly recommend that residents use their nearest alternative civic amenity site – we have full details on our website: http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/spacewaye
“While we have to limit when residents can use the site to just the weekend, I have asked officers to extend the opening hours to try and manage any queues.
“This is the first step to a wave of changes to recycling and waste which will see us increase how much we recycle and reduce waste sent to harmful and increasingly expensive landfill sites. I ask residents to please bear with us during this important time.”
While Space Waye is closed, residents can use alternative sites within the West London Waste Authority Area. Use of these sites is free when showing proof of address (Council Tax bill or recently dated utility bill) and proof of ID. The nearest sites for Hounslow residents are:
Townmead Road Reuse and Recycling Centre, Townmead Road, Kew, TW9 4EL
Greenford Road Re-use and Recycling Centre, Greenford, UB6 9AP.
Charges may apply when using other sites.
Detailed information about these changes, including where your nearest alternative site is, can be found online. Visit http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/spacewaye and follow the links for full details and frequently asked questions