Number plate access system reintroduced for Eshiels Recycling Centre

The vehicle number plate access system will be temporarily reintroduced to Eshiels Community Recycling Centre from tomorrow (Friday, October 9).

Thursday, 8th October 2020, 11:58 am
The Eshiels recycling centre near Peebles.

The centre has been experiencing significant public use during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which is resulting in lengthy queues into the site.

Scottish Borders Council says that the potential for stationary traffic waiting to access the site on the A72 – which has a speed limit of 50mph at this location – presents a road safety risk.

Therefore, a decision has been made to reintroduce the odd and even vehicle number plate system at Eshiels as a temporary measure, while all options are considered for a more long-term solution.

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This will mean, for example, that the recycling centre should only be accessed by vehicles with registration plates ending in an odd number on dates with odd numbers, such as tomorrow, October 9.

And those with an even number at the end of their plates should only be accessed on even-number dates.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, the council’s executive member for infrastructure, travel and transport, said: “We would ask users of Eshiels Recycling Centre to please follow this temporary measure to help control traffic levels.

“While this measure has not been introduced at other recycling centres, we would ask all members of the public using our sites to continue to follow social distancing guidance.”

The number plate system will not apply to large vans or trailers using the booking system at Eshiels, but this will be reviewed as an ongoing process.

The number plate system is not being re-introduced to any other recycling centre at this time.

More information on how the number plate system works is available here.

And further details on recycling centres in the Borders is available here.