A booking system could be put in place at Harrow Recycling Centre as it looks to manage its services during the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokeswoman for Harrow Council confirmed that this is one of the options being discussed to promote social distancing measures.

She said: “In the current climate we want to ensure our residents are able to dispose of waste safely.

“While temporary measures are still in place, we are exploring a booking system for the civic amenity site.”

The council closed its recycling centre, in Forward Drive, Harrow, for several weeks in response to government guidance around operating during the Covid-19 outbreak.

It reopened earlier this month and, despite operating a system of staggering visitors based on post codes, has been met with lengthy queues.

While these have eased as the days go by, there are still some concerns about operating the site efficiently with some restrictions in place.

But the prospect of a booking system was criticised by the borough’s Conservative group, who felt it could lead to further chaos on the roads around Forward Drive.

The current administration explained that, at this stage, it is one of several options being considered and more details would be given when necessary.