Council votes to back tip campaign

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A FORMAL response opposing the closure of the Claughton Household Waste Recycling Centre WILL be sent by Wyre council to county bosses after being given the green light by councillors.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of supporting Wyre residents in their fight against the shutting of the tip after considering the points of Wyre’s overview and scrutiny committee’s consultation report.

Street scene portfolio holder Coun Pete Murphy, speaking at the full council meeting in Poulton’s Civic Centre, said the detailed critique, put together by a task group led by campaigner Coun Roger Brooks, “blows them (LCC) out of the water on this”.

He added they had done an “admirable job” in putting the report together. Explaining the results of the report Coun Brooks told councillors the issue had “totally united Over Wyre.”

“There is overwhelming objection to this proposal,” he said, “Quite frankly this closure would double mileage, double costs of a person going to another tip when there is a perfectly good site where it is.

“Local people want to recycle, it should be made easier to do such, not more difficult.”

Coun Dulcie Atkins said a visit to the site midweek had shown just how many people use it. “There was a constant flow of people using it.

“This is also a site which takes hard plastic and asbestos, where on earth is this going to go?” she said.

Preesall ward councillor Gordon McCann said he shared the concerns in the report and particuarly the added pressures on kerbside collections with the extra wasted generated should the tip be closed.

Coun Val Wilson for Wyresdale added as a county councillor she had made her position clear and the views of her constituency that the centre should be retained. She said: “I hope this has the desired effect.”

The deadline for the LCC consultation is September 30.

A report will then be sent to Coun Albert Atkinson for his decision.

This week he rejected an invitation made by the STING action group to visit the Claughton site and attend a short meeting.

People have until Friday to sign up to the e-petition.