Letter: Not impressed with Lynnbottom ‘improvements’

This reader believes the improvements at Lynnbottom tip are anything but. He says the process for getting rid of garden waste has led to longer waits and increased frustration.

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I visited the enhanced Lynnbotton waste site recently and was not impressed.

On arrival there was little traffic through the site. Access was controlled on entry and further control was managing movements further into the site.

Lots of people in hi-viz jackets standing around and not doing a great deal. The ‘control’ to garden waste held everybody up for more than ten minutes and when we were finally allowed to park and dispose of our garden waste the car in front of us started offloading old bricks into it with the controller looking on: There is a specific point for such waste.

By the time we left, the traffic was queuing out on Briddlesford Road in both directions.

Frankly, movements on the site were far better before improvements were started and with less controllers.

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Monday, 26th September, 2016 12:09pm

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3 Comments

  1. i agreethe new system gives no improvement when compared with the previous system. i don;t put anu blame on the workers in hi viz, they are just doing as told. the ones to blame are those that thi=ought up the system , which is no doubt based on algorithm. perhaps if these desk warriors got off there fundaments and out into the world it would have a chance of improving.

  2. Fred Karno


    26.Sep.2016 3:56pm

    The contractors appointed by the Isle of Wight Council to run this facility, (Amey) do not look likely to be nominated for any efficiency awards. Quite the reverse. Amey seem incapable of organising the proverbial in a brewery. There are also letters in the CP this week in a similar vein.

    The only suggestion I can make is to address complaints to, or contact Cllr. Paul Fuller, Isle of Wight Councillor, who is a helpful person in my experience and who is the portfolio holder for this contract and who may be able to bang some heads together.

    Unless Amey get their act together, they could find themselves being sued when the inevitable crash happens on the road network outside the facility, which will have been directly caused by their bone headed incompetence.

  3. ian Castle


    27.Sep.2016 4:58pm

    We recently visited the new enhanced site at Lynnbottom.
    Whilst finding the staff as helpful as could be reasonably expected, I believe part of the problem in the green recycling area is the width of the allotted parking spaces. Whilst adding to the increased number of allotted spaces the problem is they are far too narrow, better suited to a conventional car park. As not all items can be exited through the rear of the vehicles it requires the spaces to be wide enough for both sets of vehicle doors to be opened simultaneously.
    In an attempt to avoid this people were needing to park with an overlap into the adjoining space.
    My suggestion would be to decrease the number of spaces thus increasing their usefulness and throughput of recyclable green waste- a classic case of less being more.

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