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Published: 26 Jul 2012 09:302 comments

BUSINESSES say long queues to a nearby rubbish tip are severely hitting their trade.

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Traders based in Longshot Lane, Bracknell, near the Re3 Household Waste and Recycling Centre say the problem is especially bad because there has been sunshine after a spell of bad weather, because residents start clearing out their gardens and homes.

Mahendra Wijesinghe, manager of the Acorn Cafe, said in the worst instance on Monday, a customer reported it took him an hour and 15 minutes to get through.

The waste centre is run by Re3, a partnership between Reading, Bracknell and Wokingham Borough Councils and company FCC Environment.

Re3 spokesman Oscar Mortali said the busy period was due to the dry and warm weather following the wet spell and added: "We apologise to local business for the obvious inconvenience this may have caused and expect this spike in visits will fall to normal levels shortly."

Steve Loudoun, Bracknell Forest Council's chief officer for environment and public protection, said changes have been made at the waste and recycling site to try to reduce queuing times.

For the full story, see today's Bracknell News.

• Have you been affected by the delays at Longshot Lane? Are you driving to the tip more since the introduction of garden waste charges? Let us know by leaving a comment below or email

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