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Council approves start date for £5-a-visit non-residents fee at Hampshire's tips

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Council approves start date for £5-a-visit non-residents fee at Hampshire's tips

Published by Josh Kerr with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Maria Zaccaro at 7:22pm 14th January 2020.

A £5 per visit charge for non-residents at Hampshire's Household Waste Recycling Centres is to come into force from April.

It's after today (14 January) the 1 April start date was approved by councillor Rob Humby, executive member for economy, transport and environment.

The move, however, also means those living in the county will have to register online to keep automatic free access – with the new system being controlled by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).

In our area the sites at Aldershot, Farnborough and Hartley Wintney will be affected.

If Hampshire residents have not registered by the end of March, they will be asked to do so once they arrive at their recycling centre.

A report published ahead of the meeting said:

“From 1 April to 31 May 2020 there will be a period of flexible enforcement in recognition of the fact that a long period of time may need to be provided to allow residents to sign up to the system.

“Promotion on site will continue during this period and site staff will engage with those flagged by the system as not registered, to give reminders to sign up ahead of full enforcement from 1 June 2020.”

Cllr Humby said the charge is being brought in to offset the £500,000 annual cost of dealing with waste from non-Hampshire residents visiting sites in the county.