Sandra’s Tip top news for town

Photo: David Hurst'County Councillor Sandra Perkins getting go ahead for Garstang tip behind the Brockholes pub on Garstang Road, to re-open
Photo: David Hurst'County Councillor Sandra Perkins getting go ahead for Garstang tip behind the Brockholes pub on Garstang Road, to re-open

Garstang’s tip could re-open in April next year, the area’s county councillor has revealed.

Campaigning Coun Sandra Perkins, who was elected on a pledge to fight to reopen the tip, says that the town will pioneer a new kind of tip facility involving a social enterprise company.

Describing the proposed Community Recycling and Re-use Centre as an “innovative new service” for Garstang residents she said: “The main focus of the centre will be the collection of re-usable items and furniture which a charitable Third Sector organisation from the Wyre area will provide.”

But she stressed:“This will not be a Household Waste Recycling Centre and will not be part of that service.”

It is predicted the new facility will open four days a week from Friday to Monday.

But Coun Perkins said that because it is not run as a county HWRC (Household Waste Recycling Centre) it will not provide the range of disposal facilities that other HWRCs have. It will accept some garden waste.

She added that the new “community recycling and re-use centre” could also be a centre of enterprise: “It is possible that some form of re-sale of refurbished items may also be conducted from the site.”

Coun Perkins added she hoped the new facility will provide a recycling and redistribution service “whilst supporting a local social enterprise in its work helping to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”

She continued: “A full list of the kind of waste to be accepted will be available nearer the time but these will include things like doorstep recyclables (glass, cans, plastic bottles etc) electrical items, paper, card, books, textiles etc.”

The “tip” will not accept non-recyclable waste, non reusable furniture, loose wood, hazardous waste (gas bottles, tyres,lighting tubes), soil or rubble.

Homeowners wishing to get rid of such waste will have to continue taking it to household waste centres at Ingol, Longridge, Lancaster or Fleetwood.

Details of the social enterprise organisation the county will be working with at Claughton will be released before the recycling depot opens

Coun Perkins added: “As with any new facility, when it opens it will be closely monitored to allow for any improvements or changes that may be deemed necessary.”

The controversial tip closure led to the creation of STING (Save Tip in Garstang) pressure group which fought an unsuccesful campaign to save the tip. STING members then moved into the political arena, creating the Garstang Independent Group and supporting former Garstang Mayor Town Councillor Perkins as independent candidate in the 2013 county elections when sitting Tory Val Wilson was defeated.