NEW opening hours for Northwich's tip will come into force on April 1.

The household waste recycling centre off Old Warrington Road, behind Aldi, will open from 9am to 5pm, five days a week during the summer months.

Regular users will recognise these hours as the current offering on Saturdays and Sundays, with the changes bringing Monday, Tuesday and Friday in line.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has moved to standardise the hours across its smaller recycling centres, with Northwich previously open 8am to 4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 8am to 6pm on Fridays.

Winter operating hours will remain unchanged – 8am to 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Cllr Karen Shore, CWAC cabinet member for environment, said: “Our review found during the summer season the first hour of business on a Monday is very quiet, whilst the final hour is very busy.

"Changing the operating hours from 8am-4pm to 9am-5pm on a Monday would mean the sites are open when customers actually want to use them – without any change to the overall number of hours that the site is open.

“We’re confident these changes will again provide customers the opportunity to use the sites at more convenient times of the day, reducing waiting times and congestion and providing a better experience for everyone.”