Rules changed for tip use
The Soviet-style diktat on ‘commercial vehicles’
using rubbish tips has taken a U-turn today.
The Gravesend and Dartford Messengers have been campaigning for
weeks to convince Kent County Council to change their contradictory
rules on who can and can’t use recycling centres.
Hundreds of people across Kent have been affected by the rules
brought in this autumn which define any vehicle with sign writing
on as a ‘commercial’ and disqualified them from using the tips.
Exemption vouchers were available, but the application form
stated that only vehicles taxed as a Light Goods Vehicles (LGV)
would be eligible to use them.
Hypnotherapist Andrea Leistra, driving instructor Jan Sterry and
computer engineer Tim Parsons all have family cars with business
They were banned from using the tip, but their petrol cars
didn’t qualify for the LGV vouchers.
Now the application for has been altered to read: “Vouchers will
only be issued to householders whose household’s sole vehicle is
constructed or used as a commercial type vehicle including
Kent MPs pledged their support to this campaign last week, with
MP Gordon Henderson urging KCC to review its “Soviet-like diktat”
and MP Gareth Johnson calling for “common sense ought to be