The decision to reduce the summer opening hours of Lynnbottom tip isn’t just affecting those looking to dispose of waste, with queues of cars and lorries now regularly backing up and causing significant delays in and around the area of Downend.
With Spring in full swing and the warmer months ahead, Islanders have been flocking to Lynnbottom Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) as expected. However, the Isle of Wight Council and Amey have reduced the opening hours for the summer period meaning the same amount of people, if not more, are now trying to dispose of their rubbish with less time in which to do so.
Up until 2017 the tip was open between 07:00-18:00 in the Winter (Oct-Mar) and 07:00-20:00 in the Summer (Mar-Oct). In October last year the winter opening times were cut by 3 hours day and now the summer opening times have been cut by 5 hours a day, meaning Lynnbottom is only open between 10:00-18:00 daily.
The situation is causing cars to back up towards Robin Hill roundabout and then towards Downend. Many motorists have taken to social media to complain about the situation and are urging the Council to do something about it.
Some fear that things will only get worse with increase ferry traffic and traffic heading to Robin Hill throughout the peak months.
Island Echo has asked the Isle of Wight Council for a statement on the matter