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Councils Introduce Dump Fee

TWO more councils will soon be charging out-of-borough residents for dumping rubbish at amenity sites.

Bexley and Kent County Council are introducing charges from September 1 and have said the cost of providing the sites means outsiders will now have to pay.

Bexley is introducing the charges at its sites in Thames Road, Crayford, close to Dartford's borough boundary, and at Foots Cray, on the border of Bromley borough.

The KCC will be levying the same charge at its Dartford Heath tip.

Greenwich has already introduced a fee for out-of-borough dumpers.

A Bexley Council spokes-man said: "The use of our sites by people from outside the borough has now become too heavy and it is unfair to make Bexley's taxpayers meet the cost. More and more rubbish is also being dumped at the sites and we have decided to distribute free official permits to all Bexley households.

"The permit will have be displayed on the windscreen of vehicles when people visit the dumps to ensure they aren't charged."

The charge for people from outside the borough will be £3 per visit.

Also, from September 1, the Foots Cray site will no longer take commercial vehicles, unless they are account holders.

But, the height restriction barrier will be lowered to 1.75 metres. Over-height private vehicles from Bexley, or outside the borough, will be allowed in with help from staff, as long as they are carrying less than 100kg.

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