Fosse Cross recycling centre to re-open

Fosse Cross Recycling Centre will re-open next week for pre-booked visits only.

From Monday, the HRC at Fosse Cross near Cirencester will re-open, with social distancing measures in place to help keep visitors and staff safe.

Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms and those in self-isolating households must not visit.

To limit the number of people on-site at Fosse Cross pre-booking will be required and vehicles should only have drivers wherever possible – a maximum of one passenger is permitted if help is needed too unload waste and recycling.

The booking system has a limited number of timed slots available each day for visitors to select and only a seven day window will be available to book at any one time. Bookings can only be made online.

The re-use shop is closed and some recycling bins may be unavailable.

Fosse Cross joins Hempsted in Gloucester and Wingmoor Farm at Stoke Orchard, both of whom re-opened this week.

As part of the phased re-opening of the county’s HRCs, plans for the safe operation of the remaining sites at Oak Quarry near Coleford and Pyke Quarry, Horsley are underway with the aim of re-opening them by the end of May.

Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for waste said: “I’m really pleased with the way things have gone so far.

“We have already taken around 6,000 car bookings for the period from 11 to 29 of May for Hempsted and Wingmoor Farm and although there was some queueing on the first day we made some adjustments and now things are running well.

“I want to thank our site visitors for using the new booking system, and for following the necessary guidelines.

“This gives us confidence that we can now re-open Fosse Cross HRC.

“We will keep fine tuning the system to ensure things continue to run as smoothly as possible.”

Gloucestershire County Councillor and Lib Dem Group leader Paul Hodgkinson, added: “This is really good news.

“Residents have lobbied me about the re-opening and a Facebook poll of over 230 people on my councillor page showed 77 percent in favour of Fosse Cross getting back into service.

“People have been rightly worried about fly tipping in our beautiful area.

“As the Government asks the public to return to work, I’m glad the county council administration is providing residents with this much missed facility again.”

For more information, and to make a booking, visit www.gloucestershirerecycles.com

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