Westhampnett rubbish depot could receive £400,000 boost

A RUBBISH depot could be kept in use for an extra ten years if councillors agree to release £400,000.

Members of Chichester District Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve the release of funds at their meeting on Tuesday.

In his report to cabinet, building and facilities services manager John Bacon said a review had concluded keeping waste services ‘in house’ at Westhampnett was ‘the best value for money for council tax payers’.

“The council has a legal obligation to maintain its property assets and workplaces to a reasonable standard,” he said.

The investment would be used for a host of works, including those to address health and safety concerns and improve the building’s security and environmental standards.

This would include a replacement roof to the main office and stores, retaining a smaller workshop facility, less covered garage space and new wet rooms, showers and changing rooms.

It would also include a fully-equipped vehicle wash-down facility and new surface water disposal arrangements.

Officers have said if no improvement works are carried out, the facility will have to close.

If the minimum works are carried out, it would only allow the depot to stay open for another two to three years.

If councillors agree to release the funds, the works would follow on from work to repair damaged caused by last October’s fire.

The repair work was funded by Zurich Insurance and is due to be completed by October this year, however, the council did incur £40,000 of uninsured costs which cabinet members agreed to pay at their January meeting.

Cabinet members are due to meet at 9.30am on Tuesday at East Pallant House, Chichester.