No room at the tip

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Philip Darbyshire was turned away from the recycling centre at Salt Ayre whilst the one at Catterall has been closed down
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Philip Darbyshire was turned away from the recycling centre at Salt Ayre whilst the one at Catterall has been closed down
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A dad is furious after being turned away from a rubbish tip because operators said there was not enough room.

Retired joiner Philip Darbyshire said he was told there was not enough room in some of the skips when he visited the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), Ovangle Road, Salt Ayre, Lancaster, on Tuesday morning.

It comes just weeks after the closure of Claughton tip last month, despite a massive campaign by action group STING and residents to keep it open.

Mr Darbyshire, 67, who lives in Galgate, believes the closure has heaped extra pressure on existing facilities and he fears the problems will lead more people to dump waste illegally.

The married father-of-three, said: “It wasn’t just me. They have been waiting since Monday for a wagon to come and empty the skips.

“All the hardcore skips were full and they said they been like that since Monday.

“What happens if you go back and it’s full again? It’s a necessity.

“They should be able to cater for it. I think the overload from Garstang doesn’t help.

“I had been using either Garstang or Lancaster for years.”

Lancashire County Council, which operates the site, said it is part of normal procedure for skips to be closed at certain points although visitors should normally only need to wait up to 15 minutes and should not be turned away.

Clare Atkinson, area manager for waste, said: “We’ve contacted the operator of the HWRCs about the complaint and we’re sorry that the Salt Ayre site was not available as it should have been this morning.

“It is part of normal business that the sites have to shut for short periods whenever skips become full and need to be replaced - however the contract specifies a maximum time limit for these closures and we are working with the contractor to address the problems experienced.”

What’s your experience been of using alternative facilities at Lancaster, Preston and Fleetwood? Have you had similar problems?

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