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« on: February 21, 2014, 03:36:13 PM »

Drop-off sites to be manned by the Household Cavalry

While the weather has improved, Royal Borough residents are being urged to hang on to the sandbags provided during the floods – but where this is not possible the council has worked with the Household Cavalry to open drop-off points this weekend.

It is estimated that more than 70,000 sandbags were distributed in the borough and the following information will enable residents to take decisions about their future use and/or disposal:

Storage and use

Dry sandbags – i.e. those not exposed to flood water – should be kept for potential future use if at all possible.
Sandbags which have been in floodwater can also be stored or alternatively slit open and the sand spread on gardens.
 
Disposal

If residents are unable to use or dispose of sandbags themselves they can be taken to the following locations between 10am and 3pm Saturday and Sunday (22 and 23 February):

o   Cookham – opposite The Crown, Berries Road/High Street (adjacent to the road closure

o   Bisham – adjacent to Bisham School (Saturday); Scout Hut, top of Quarrywood Road (Sunday)

o   Datchet – parish office

o   Old Windsor – recreation ground, Robin Willis Way

o   Hurley – council car park, High Street

o   Wraysbury –access road to the school via Waylands, and Old Staines Road (service road, Hythe End)

These locations are for SANDBAGS only – no other items will be accepted.
Sandbags should NOT be put in wheelie bins or taken to the council’s civic amenity sites.
 
For the borough’s older and vulnerable residents who cannot take sandbags to the drop-off points, special collection arrangements will be put in place to collect sandbags as soon as possible. Anyone who needs this service can request it by filling in the form on the council’s website at www.rbwm.gov.uk (follow the Floods link). If that is not possible they should call the council’s out-of-hours number 01753 853517 over the weekend or, from Monday, the customer contact centre on 01628 683800 (between 8am and 6pm).

Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We are still in a flood situation and we certainly don’t want to encourage residents to dispose of their sandbags if they can be stored and put to future good use. However, many residents are now keen for guidance on disposal and we are indebted to the Household Cavalry who have agreed to manage drop-off points on our behalf.

“We do hope residents will take advantage of this facility and not put sandbags in wheelie bins or take them to the civic amenity site. This would incur huge disposal costs for the council – and ultimately our council taxpayers – so it is something we must avoid.”
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