Sandbag collection

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, April 3, 2014


SANDBAG collection points have been set up by the Isle of Wight Council.

Residents will be able to drop off sandbags, used during the recent flooding, at collection points across the Island tomorrow (Friday).

A council spokesman said approximately 6,000 sandbags were distributed across the Island during the winter.

Wight Reclamation will collect the bags for the council and donate any reusable sand to the charity, Riding for the Disabled at Lake Farm, Rookley.

Sandbags can be dropped off at:
Bembridge - Steyne Road car park.

•Cowes - The Parade, near China China.

•East Cowes - by the floating bridge.

•Freshwater - Moa Place car park.

•Newport - Riverside Centre (next to the textile bank).
Ryde - car park behind the ice rink.

•Seaview - Duver Road.

•Wootton - car park opposite Tesco Express, off the High Street. 

•Yarmouth - River Road car park. 

They can also be taken to household waste recycling centres at Lynnbottom, near Newport, Afton Road, Freshwater and Forest Road, Newport.

Residents are entitled to retain them if they want.

Click here for Environment Agency advice about sandbag disposal.



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by Russell Palin

3rd April 2014, at 17:54:47

Sand is well used in gardening, clay soils are much improved by the addition of sand. Simply dig it in and watch the clay soil eat it as though it were noting in a year or so, crops will be better than with just clay.
I live on dry hard sand so I actually add clay for its moisture retentive propertys. Most people on the Isle of wight live on clay, hard gardening and harder still when it is dry LOL's.
Yet with sand it is easier to dig over and easier to water.

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by David Blackford

3rd April 2014, at 15:47:52

The Council should have added - "At your own risk" - Always someone who'll say, "No one told me it was heavy"

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by Jack Woodford

3rd April 2014, at 10:34:52

So the council is expected to provide sandbags and also to take them away again afterwards?
Are we as a society so totally reliant on the state even to the point of not being able to organise our own sandbags or even dispose of the ones handed out ourselves?
Small wonder council tax went up if this is the expectation on the local authority!

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by David Blackford

3rd April 2014, at 10:09:06

Remember heath and safety!

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