Hampshire's ruling Conservatives have been forced to postpone reduced hours at Household Waste Recycling Centres - at least until after next May’s County election.
But they are planning BIG changes:
* Charges for many items they say are not “household” waste (these start NOW!)
And from next October:
* All Tips only open from 11am each day
* All Tips closed every Thursday
* Threat of fees for everything in the future
The reduced hours were originally supposed to start on January 1, 2017 - see Ad Lib October below, one of dozens of Lib Dem newsletters across the County which alerted residents to the proposals.
The Tories claim they need more time to consider their plans because of a letter from the Government questioning the legality of charges. But the effect is to postpone a deeply unpopular and environmentally unsound policy until after they have to defend their seats.
Fareham Lib Dem vice-chairman Jim Forrest said: "It’s clear the only way to stop closures after May is to make sure we have a Lib Dem County Council after next year’s County Election!"