Save our tip - Courier special survey

The community leader masterminding the opposition to the shutting of Claughton ‘tip’ is drawing up a detailed strategy to combat the planned closure.

Wednesday, 27th July 2011, 11:05 am

Coun Roger Brooks wants local people to rally round and continue put the pressure on County Hall bosses in an effort to halt the axe from falling this autumn.

And The Courier is backing the campaign by conducting a special survey this week to ask our readers for their views on the proposal.

Please take a few moments to complete this survey and answer the questions as fully as possible.

We hope to present the results of the survey to the county council as evidence of local opinion - so every completed survey counts!

Among Coun Brooks’ main concerns are the effect of any closure on Wyre’s wheelie bin/kerbside collection service, used by almost all the borough’s residents, and an increase in flytipping.

The fear for the wheelie bin service is that the borough council operated bins could become overwhelmed as residents put material they would otherwise take to Claughton tip into the bins – overloading the system.

Coun Brooks said: “Take the recycling centre away and the kerbside service will collapse under the strain.”

He said there had been no formal talks between county and borough leaders about the consequences of the closure.

Wyre’s portfolio holder with responsibility for refuse, Coun Peter Murphy of Brock, has told him council officials are concerned about an increase in fly tipping - with its environmental impact and clean-up costs.

Coun Brooks said the county should be making it easier for residents to recycle, not more difficult.

He criticised the suggested “alternatives” to Claughton on cost and environmental grounds, saying “None of the alternatives are attractive to most of us in the Garstang area because of the time and cost, not to mention the environmental impact of extra fuel consumption.”

He added even though Wyre had a “bulky waste” collection service (at £18 a lift) he suspected it would not be used much by residents living in the rural area.