Cllr Robin Currie and the pierhead car park in Helensburgh.

Helensburgh and Lomond will have a temporary facility set up at Helensburgh Pierhead  Car Park when the area’s civic amenity sites re-open on 1 June, if the First Minister’s announces we are moving into Phase One of the route map through and out of the COVID-19 crisis tomorrow (May 28).

The change of site is to manage traffic safely in what we expect will be a busy time when customer demand to use the centre is high. We would ask residents to use it only if it is absolutely necessary until the initial demand has died down.

We will put a traffic management system in place to keep customers safe and ensure social distancing. When you approach the Pier you will see the traffic management laid out – please follow the signage and the directions of staff on site.

There are some limits on how you can use the site and the things you can take there.

This is only short-term. The Blackhill site will go back to normal operations, with all the usual recycling options, as soon as it is safe to do so – we hope no later than a fortnight after opening.

Opening times

Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Last entry to the site is 30 minutes before closing time. This gives time for the vehicles queuing to have the contents unloaded. If you do plan to visit the centre, give yourself plenty of time.

What you can take:  Domestic/general waste and garden waste.

For the initial period there will be no containers available for recycling paper, cardboard and plastics.

What you can’t takeElectrical items/white goods/ Large items of furniture/ Hazardous materials like asbestos, gas cylinders and tyres.

Cars will be allowed into the temporary civic amenity area on a one-in, one-out basis. Please be patient and stay within your car until you are directed to an unloading point.

For an initial period only cars will be allowed on the temporary site. This will allow more customers to use the site safely.  We will not be able to accept trailers, vans or commercial traffic on site at this time.

If the site becomes too busy it will need to close again. Full details of how the site will operate can be found on the council website:

Councillor Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Housing, Roads and Infrastructure Services, said: “Central to our plans for reopening the amenity sites is making sure our customers and staff are properly protected.

“Please be prepared for the site to be busy and for there to be some delay. The restrictions we have put in place are for safety and to help as many people as possible use the sites at what will be a very busy time.

“Like you, we want to get things back to normal as soon as possible and we are working hard to do that. Meantime, it will help us enormously if you can follow the rules and be patient.”

One comment

  1. Look at this on this in terms of the Dominic Cummings – Boris Johnson option.

    If you have got rubbish building up at your home just take it the dump. Why store it at home. It’s what any reasonable parent would do.

    Indeed, thinking about spreading the virus rather than isolate, why not just spread your rubbish about. Prime Minister Johnson will approve.

    Or is it only suckers who abide by the rules, stay at home to stop virus spread.. Maybe the Cummings – Johnson axis should ask the health service workers who have given so much, have had to watch relatives die without the access of their children, what they think. Or were the NHS staff just suckers too. Clapped on a Thursday, forgotten thereafter.

    Ah, I truly despair!

    But a good idea by Argyll and Bute council for providing extra skipping facilities in an area with good access. That’ll help get the backlog down

    Meanwhile the building and car park that is West Dunbartonshire Council headquarters lies unused. So message to the leader. Any plans for extra disposal facilities to maybe be placed there to deal with the backlog. Or what even about extended opening hours at the existing facilities.

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