Somerset

Number plate cameras to monitor Banes recycling centres

Car number plate cameras are to be used at three recycling centres in Bath and North East Somerset (Banes) in an attempt to keep non residents out.

The council said the move was necessary as it could not afford to subsidise the cost of disposing of waste belonging to people who live elsewhere.

Residents can apply online for three-year permits to use the sites.

Those who have a van permit or a council-issued Discovery Card need not apply, a council spokesman said.

"The process is free and one person from each household needs to supply the registration numbers of all the vehicles you wish to use on your permit.

"The permits are electronic and the cameras will recognise the residents' entitlement to use the centre from their number plate," the Banes spokesman added.

The scheme, which comes into force on 2 April, will allow access to the centres at Pixash, Keynsham; Midland Road, Bath; and Old Welton, Radstock.

Staff at the centres will be handing out leaflets explaining the changes and for the next few months will be allowed to use their discretion to allow non-registered people to use the sites.

Once fully implemented anyone not registered may be turned away, the council spokesman said.

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