EXCLUSIVE: Garstang waste centre earmarked for closure

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GARSTANG’S waste tip at Claughton on Brock has been earmarked for closure as part of a county council cost cutting review, The Courier can exclusively reveal.

County bosses are planning a consultation on the move before a final decision is made in the autumn.

The proposal which will be announced today is likely to spark huge protests from householders and parish councils throughout greater Garstang.

The move has been has been defended by the county council’s deputy leader, Coun Albert Atkinson.

In a statement due to be released today, but seen by The Courier yesterday, he said: “Given the huge changes in the way we dispose of our waste there has long been a need to look at the value for money we get from HWRCs.

“The current network has developed over many years in an ad-hoc way with new ‘tips’ often being opened for convenience whenever an opportunity arose. “In some places we ended up with two or three sites which, together, generated fewer customer visits than a single site in other areas. Clearly this situation could not continue.”

“People can now recycle most items using the doorstep collections, with household waste recyclying centres there for the occasional times they need to dispose of bulky rubbish or items which can’t be collected from the doorstep.

“Even following these closures, most people will still have a site within six miles of their home.

“We accept these closures will have an impact on the local communities they serve, but it is not cost effective to continue to provide two sites in each district where only one facility is needed for the amount of waste generated, or where there are alternatives nearby.”

Three other tips are also earmarked for closure - at Great Harwood in Hyndburn, Bacup in Rossendale, and Colne in Pendle borough.

The county council has said it has examined the current 19 sites in Lancashire with a focus on continuing to provide residents with the opportunity to dispose of bulky household items near their home, while reflecting changes to doorstep rubbish collections - and the need to balance a smaller budget.

The review took into consideration the amount of rubbish received at site, capacity of the site, and proximity to households.

The report also recommends giving consideration in future to providing a single larger HWRC in Lancaster borough and Ribble Valley borough to better accommodate the demands generated in these districts.

District councils, parish councils, town councils and local residents now have the opportunity to read the full report and comment on the recommendations before a decision is taken in the autumn.

To read the proposals in full or to respond to the consultation by September 30 2011, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/waste

* See next Wednesday’s Courier (out July 13, 2011) for full story and response to the tip closure move