Mick Bourne wanted to dispose of an electric kettle and toaster he no longer had use for.
But after walking the half-a-mile from his home to the centre in Spring Vale Road, he was stopped by the attendant.
He said: “The man told me I couldn’t come in as I was a pedestrian. He said it was about health and safety because there had been accidents.
“I asked, if I waited outside and called a taxi which took me 20 yards inside, then drove me back out, was that okay, and he said yes as then I wouldn’t be a pedestrian. I cannot comprehend it.”Oh, I think you ought to be able to by now. How long have you lived here?
A safety notice states that residents within 500 metres of the tip are allowed to walk in.Who questions the pedestrians to see how far they’ve come? Do they have to bring ID? Who decided on 500 metres?
Coun David Foster said: “They want to encourage people to recycle so they should let people walk in. I understand there may be accidents, but there are lots of accidents on roads and we don’t stop people using them.
“And why is it safer for people who live within 500 metres?”Beats me! The answer, unsurprisingly, is ‘It’s not, really…’:
Tony Watson, head of environmental services at the borough council, said: “The site is designed for cars. There are limited pedestrian route markings and for this reason the entrance to the site is designated as restricted pedestrian access.
“However, if you live within the locality of the site, and are disposing of household waste only, the council’s contractors will allow you to walk on to the site, at your own risk.
“But they ask that you wear high-visibility clothing, be careful of traffic entering and exiting, and do not attempt to carry large items into the site.”I think if you can stagger 500 metres with a fridge in your arms, you ought to be able to use the tip, surely?