Alkerton and Ardley tips could be closed and replaced by one central north Oxfordshire waste disposal centre, a plan released this week shows.
Consultation began on Monday into Oxfordshire County Council’s proposals to reduce the number of tips in the county from seven to three – or possibly four if the hours for all are reduced.
The aim is to save £350,000 a year on the current £4.1 million budget for household waste recycling centres (HWRC).
The consultation ends on October 5 and councillors will agree a firm plan by the end of 2015 to be gradually introduced over the next five years.
Oxfordshire deputy leader Cllr Rodney Rose said: “The sites are at Alkerton, Ardley, Dix Pit near Stanton Harcourt, Drayton, Oakley Wood near Wallingford, Redbridge in Oxford and Stanford in the Vale.
“Alkerton and Stanford in the Vale have limited planning permissions and Ardley will be closed by landowners in 2017. All sites are nearing capacity and need to be expanded or replaced. We hope to hear constructive suggestions and comments.”
Alkerton’s planning permission runs out in 2019.
The sites would be as close as possible to populated centres.
North Oxfordshire would have a single, central site.
Reducing opening hours by 18 a week could enable the council to develop a fourth site.
Oxfordshire is having to make £290m or more of cuts between 2010 - 2018.
To see more follow the consultation links at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk.
A hard copy can be seen at county libraries.