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North Pembrokeshire waste and recycling centres (WRC) have escaped closure but will see opening hours reduced in a bid to save around £70,000 a year.

Cabinet members approved a recommendation to reduce opening at Hermon, Manorowen and St Davids WRCs at its meeting on Monday, November 1, with an alternative option to close St Davids rejected during scrutiny discussions.

The proposals will see a three day week for Hermon and St Davids in the summer, with Manorowen, near Fishguard, open four days a week, reduced to three and two days in Winter respectively.

Capital bids for necessary site improvements will have to be submitted for approval before infrastructure work can commence and staff consultation required, a report to cabinet states.

It adds that infrastructure costs are estimated to be around £300,000 across five sites, not including Winsel near Haverfordwest, with the north Pembrokeshire WRCs requiring the most funding – approximately £68,000 at Hermon, £53,000 at Manorowen and £164,000 at St Davids.

Members also approved retaining the booking system, with work to reduce pressure on call centre staff from calls about it by improving the web system, a long with further “education” on fly tipping and a move towards fixed penalty notices.

A review of disposal arrangements for non-domestic properties, including holiday accommodation, was approved “to ensure compliance with duty of care requirements and required trade waste agreements in place.”

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