Sheffield recycling centre hours review plan

Traffic queues outside Blackstock Road recycling centre, Gleadless Valley
Traffic queues outside Blackstock Road recycling centre, Gleadless Valley
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Opening hours of Sheffield’s household waste recycling centres are to be reviewed after concern about queues outside some sites.

More than 40 vehicles have been waiting outside Blackstock Road recycling centre, Gleadless Valley, for the site to open.

Residents have voiced concern about the impact on road safety of the queue, which stretches from the recycling centre gates and around a blind bend.

One resident said: “I counted 42 cars waiting for the centre to open because there is a lot of demand in the good weather.

“The opening hours should be extended to cope with demand so there are no queues.”

Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment and streetscene, Coun Jack Scott, said: “We would not advise people to queue up at recycling centres before they open and risk the safety of other road users. The sites open at 10, so arriving before then just causes difficulty for everyone.”

He added: “We review the opening times every year to assess whether changes are needed and we are doing that, but givent he cuts we’re facing we are not able to add extra hours back in easily.”

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, opposition Liberal Democrat leader on Sheffield Council, said he would ‘welcome a review’ of opening days and hours at the five sites, which also include centres at Shirecliffe and Woodhouse.

Coun Mohammed said: “This is welcome news although it comes only days after Labour voted against our motion at full council for a change in opening hours.

“We’ve always said you can’t have a cut in rubbish collections and recycling centre hours without the risk of more fly-tipping.”

At present, Shirecliffe recycling centre is open seven days. Beighton Road, Woodhouse, is open daily except Tuesday, Deepcar operates Thursdays to Tuesdays, High Green Fridays to Wednesdays, and Gleadless Valley operates Friday to Monday.