Council dump at Factory Lane closed ‘due to storm damage’

The council dump at Factory Lane was closed this morning, until further notice, due to safety concerns following storm damage.

No entry: the Factory Lane dump has been closed until further notice

In an announcement on social media, Croydon Council said, “Factory Lane Household Refuse and Recycling Centre will remain closed for necessary repairs following damage during Storm Eunice.

“Please see our update below and visit our website for more information.”

Storm Eunice was on Friday, five days ago.

No further details as to the extent or nature of the damage caused, nor a possible re-opening time, were offered on the council website or Twitter feed beyond a statement which read, “We are working to get the site open as quickly as possible, but in the meantime Fisher’s Farm and Purley Oaks remain open.”

Factory Lane is the largest and usually the busiest of the council’s waste and recycling centres, and doubles as a base for Veolia street-cleaning and other services.

Factory closure: the council’s announcement this morning, five days after Storm Eunice

As part of the council’s service cuts and asset disposal proposals to pay off the massive debts incurred through its financial collapse in 2020, the dump at Purley Oaks has been earmarked for possible sale or to be closed and used as a traveller site.

The council dump website page can be found by clicking here.

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2 Responses to Council dump at Factory Lane closed ‘due to storm damage’

  1. Pete Jenkins says:

    Good job the Purley Oaks site hasn’t been closed by those Council jokers.

  2. Ian Kierans says:

    What can one say – So many storms over the years Factory Lane has been open – what changed? There is a new layout obviously and siting of a few receptacles higher and lower. Did the new routing cause a low wind tunnel effect? Or was it just crap maintenance? Will Veolia rebate the Council money for its non availability?

    Clearly some bright Council spark not only had a cup of Java but went the whole hog (or Bantar Gebang) and decided hey whatever, Indonesia, Phillipines, Mumbai etc can do we can do better.

    Never mind 3000 living on a rubbish heap in Asia – lets dump the Travellers on one of ours. Give it a bit of a tidy, concrete it, Erect a multi story car park say 40 levels wide enough to fit a 6 berth and we can have the first traveller high rise block. We can even have a communal service area on the ground floor with a shower block and toilet on each level to save on having to empty the tanks in the caraven. Dear me we could actually put a line of skips out front so people can drop metal in and save them driving – Hey we can then make it a Car free development and tick that box too.

    Cue another TV program on Croydon’s idea of being Social Landlord?

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