Fury as Dudley Council scraps Anchor Lane tip deal over Wolverhampton Council’s ‘price hike’

Dudley residents are fuming after the council scrapped its deal to use a Wolverhampton Council-owned tip near Coseley.

Anchor Lane tip in Lanesfield has been frequently used by Dudley locals for a number of years.

However, it’s all about to change as Dudley Council has axed its deal after the ‘annual fee was put up by 65 per cent’.

But Wolverhampton Council claims it asked Dudley Council to pay a ‘fair and proportionate’ price towards running costs of the site.

It also claims it’s not fair for Wolverhampton residents to fork out for Dudley residents to use the tip.

Dudley Council said it was left with ‘no choice but to end the agreement’ on April 1 after the rise.

In a statement, Heidi Marsh-Geyton, acting director of public realm, said: “The agreement has been in place for many years but following a big increase in the annual charge we have had to end that agreement.

“We have offered to increase our fee on a number of occasions, but this has been declined. It is really important we maintain a balance between providing first-class, convenient services and facilities for residents while also providing value for money.

“We are extremely disappointed and we have not taken this decision lightly, as we know this change will cause inconvenience for people who are used to using the Anchor Lane site. But I would urge them to use the facilities at Stourbridge instead.

Ross Cook, City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director for City Environment, said: “We asked that Dudley Council pay a fair and proportionate share of the running costs for Anchor Lane.

“This included staffing costs and the cost for disposal of waste from the site, taking into account the number of Dudley residents using Anchor Lane.

“Unfortunately we were not able to reach an agreement however it is not right for people living in Wolverhampton to subsidise use of the site for Dudley residents.”

Wolverhampton Council also added that Dudley residents are not permitted to use Wolverhampton’s Shaw Road Household Waste & Recycling Centre.

Residents have expressed their fury about the shock change on Dudley Borough’s Facebook page after it made the announcement just one day before it comes into force.

Tony Sheldon commented: “So they can’t afford the extra 65 per cent, they couldn’t afford a few thousand pounds for computers for home learning during covid but they can afford £120,000 for the artificial turf in the town centre.

“Yet another kick in the teeth for Coseley residents.”

Kaylee Walker posted: “That’s an 18 mile round trip for me to Stourbridge when anchor Lane is 0.4 miles! Coseley is going to be fly-tip central.”

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Ian Robertson-Pike suggested: “So maybe it’s time to look for a site on that side of Dudley- instead of the extra amount of traffic and pollution caused by driving across to Stourbridge?

“Isn’t it about time our MP stepped in? Dudley Council is wasting money on AstroTurf for a deserted town centre. They are supposedly looking at cutting flytipping on Wren’s Nest this won’t help at all.”

Marie Harnett said: “Just a joke! Especially when our council tax has just gone up!”

Natalie Jayne Ellis Oakley agreed: “This is ridiculous. So I can’t drive three minutes to the tip from Sedgley, I need to drive 20. How utterly stupid.

“Fly-tipping will increase I imagine, people will throw everything in the black bins. So disappointing. Does our council tax decrease to compensate the petrol to drive there? I bet not.”

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