Campaign’s last minute tip hope bid

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CAMPAIGNERS hoping for the re-opening of Claughton Household Waste Recycling Centre, under a new regime have entered negotiations with council bosses.

Fresh hope was given for future of the service this week after Lancashire County Council leader coun Geoff Driver said he would welcome alternative proposals for the site.

Yesterday Chairman of the STING campaign group Bob Lobell presented LCC with plans for a private company to take over the waste service.

Mr Lobell described the proposals as a “white knight” in the fight to save the centre, which will close in March.

He said: “We are offering the council a way out, a chance to make the savings but giving a solution so the centre can continue. If it works it is a win, win.”

Coun Driver told this week’s town council meeting he had been tasked with hard choices in making budget savings and it was inevitable some front line services would be affected, he said: “I realise the recycling centres are very visible but if saving them means taking away respite care for disabled children and their parents what would you do?”