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But only by appointment and only for essential visits

A day after Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) said that it would only open its tidy tips when “it is safe to do so“, it has announced that it is set to reopen all four of its Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) on Monday 11 May 2020.

On 5 May 2020 the government published guidelines for local authorities to open their tidy tips. Yesterday, when the Chronicle asked  CBC about this guidance it said: “We are keeping tidy tips under constant review and when we can open them safely we will“.

Today it said that its sites will be open during the usual times of 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week for Central Bedfordshire residents only. Adding that this is for only for essential visits to dispose of waste that would cause a risk to health and safety if stored at home.

Residents are be required to book a half-hour slot in advance to access the tidy tip by visiting the council’s website or by calling its customer services team on 0300 300 8302.

Due to social distancing the number of visitors using the tips will be limited at any one time. The sites will operate on a ‘one in, one out’ basis and this may mean queuing for access. These measures are in place to protect residents and staff and must be followed by service users.

Residents are advised to have a maximum of two adults per car and to only bring loads that they can comfortably manage to handle by themselves.

Anyone who feels ill at home (whether diagnosed with COVID-19 or not) must not visit under the sites under any circumstances.