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Covid restrictions lifted at Wilverley Road tip in Christchurch

MORE vehicles are now allowed at Christchurch's Wilverley Road tip thanks to the relaxing of Covid measures.

BCP Council announced that from last Saturday household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) across the area would see "an improvement to operations" as some coronavirus restrictions are lifted in line with government guidance.

The following changes have been implemented:

  • Two people will be able to get out of their car to unload waste and recycling
  • Containers for recycling, including hard plastics, will be re-introduced
  • Increased number of vehicles on site will be allowed
  • Social distancing barriers will be removed.

It is hoped these measures will reduce wait times, congestion, and traffic queuing on surrounding roads, and mean heavy loads are more easily disposed of.

Ian Poultney, BCP's head of sustainability and strategic development, said: “We are pleased to be able to lift some of the measures in place in order to create a more efficient service on site.

A number of restrictions have been eased at Wilverley Road tip
A number of restrictions have been eased at Wilverley Road tip

"Additional resources were put in place to manage the exceptionally high numbers of visitors we were receiving, particularly with traffic management in the local areas of the sites."

"However, we will now be able to allow an increased number of vehicles which will reduce the traffic congestion in the surrounding areas, benefitting both residents and local businesses."

He added: “We still ask that if you do visit our recycling centres, check our website prior to visiting to read about the measures that are still in place.

"Please continue to be patient and kind to our staff who are there to help where they can, and most importantly keep everyone safe on site.”

Face coverings and social distancing guidance should still be followed, and staff on site remain unable to help unload or dispose of waste.

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