Harrow Council will implement a booking system at its recycling centre in Forward Drive to help combat long queues and traffic issues in the surrounding area.

It announced on social media that more details will be revealed later this week following weeks of planning.

The civic amenity site has been dogged by lengthy queues since it reopened to all residents on all days on June 15.

Following closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the recycling centre reopened on May 18 with different days allocated to residents from certain post codes.

This system was abandoned last week – meaning all Harrow residents could use the tip on any day – as the council felt things had “calmed down” in terms of the number of visitors.

However, those looking to use the site faced waiting times of up to two hours while there was congestion on surrounding roads.

At a cabinet meeting on Thursday (June 18), Cllr Varsha Parmar, responsible for the environment at Harrow Council, said the long-term ambition was to implement a booking system and that this would be put in place “in the next few weeks”.

She added that it would continue to “review” the situation to try and reduce queuing and the wider issues this brings.