Conservatives call for Milton Keynes' tip booking system to be scrapped

    Tip booking systems across the country are being scrapped as neighbouring council Central Bedfordshire becomes the latest authority to scrap the system.

    Local councils across England introduced a booking system last year in the height of the pandemic.

    The system was introduced to stagger the number of people at the site, ensuring that queues were kept at a minimum.

    Over a year on, concerns over a failure to use the full capacity of their tips has led to Central Bedfordshire scrapping their booking system.

    This follows a decision made by Lincoln Council to abandon their tip-booking system due to the cost of upkeep.

    Taxpayers were facing a bill of £126,000 for just 14 months of the system operating. Fife Council have also followed suit following an increase in fly-tipping.

    Now, MK Conservatives are calling on MK Council to scrap MK’s tip booking system.

    Cllr Alex Walker, Leader of the Conservative Group, said: “Tip booking systems up and down the country are being abandoned with challenges over mounting costs and increased fly-tipping.

    "If Labour and the Liberal Democrats are serious about tackling fly-tipping in MK, then it is time they follow suite and scrap the tip booking system.

    "It has never been an excuse to fly-tip but with over 7000 reports since the system’s introduction, it has definitely contributed to record-levels in MK and should be a top priority for reducing fly-tipping.”

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