Claughton tip recommended for axe

Mayor of Garstang, Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins with the petition to save the Household Recycling Tip at Claughton
Mayor of Garstang, Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins with the petition to save the Household Recycling Tip at Claughton
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THE fight to save Garstang’s waste ‘tip’ from closure appears to be lost.

County chiefs are continuing to press for the axe to fall on the Claughton on Brock household waste depot, despite a massive wave of public opposition to the move.

A top level report following the recent public consultation was published today.

It is recommending the county council’s deputy leader, Coun Albert Atkinson, to agree to the closure of the depot, which covers the greater Garstang area.

Coun Atkinson is expected to make his decision next Thursday...and it looks almost certain it will be a decision to close Claughton.

The report recommends he agrees that the four waste centres facilities at Garstang (Claughton), Great Harwood, Bacup and Colne, are closed are effective from March 19 2012.

Coun Atkinson does have the power to reject the official recommendation, but that is thought to be unlikely.

County Coun Geoff Driver, leader of the Conservative-run council, has, previous to today’s recommendation, offered to attend a public meeting to explain the reasons and answer questions in the event of the council taking the closure route.

Residents of Garstang and surrounding villages have been fighting the tip closure move for the past few months.

More than 7,700 people in greater Garstang have signed petitions calling for the household waste centre to be spared the cost-cutting axe.

Campaigners say closure is the worst possible scenario for greater Garstang.

Leaders of pressure group STING (Save Tip in Garstang) had strongly hoped their lobbying and letter writing, and various petitions with thousands of signatures, would lead to a repreive for the threatened tip.

But STIG leaders were equally conscious a “worst case” closure scenario was a possibility.

A county spokesperson said: “Having considered carefully the consultation responses it is not proposed to make any changes to the original proposals set out in the HWRC review report.

“This is a Key Decision that is currently in the Forward Plan for decision on January 9m 2012.

“Progress has been made quicker than anticipated, therefore this report is now submitted for consideration as a Key Decision not on the Forward Plan in order to proceed with the proposals set out in the review.”

* To view the report and recommendation, visit

http://council.lancashire.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=1309

* For full story and response see next week’s Garstang Courier