Will rubbish tip be spared?

Garstang residents will find out next month if Claughton waste/recycling centre is to close - but early indications are that it will be spared the axe.

Friday, 21st May 2010, 5:58 pm
Updated Friday, 21st May 2010, 6:00 pm

A county council task group has been looking into the future of the county's waste depots, including Claughton tip, with a view to making savings by closing some of them.

The review was exclusively revealed in The Courier earlier this year - and prompted protests about the possible closure from residents throughout rural Wyre, many of whom regularly use the "tip" at Claughton to dispose of household and garden waste.

The fiercest criticism came from Catterall parish council, which had led the way on an earlier closure suggestion several years ago.

There was also a letter of concern from Garstang MP Ben Wallace.

Now the council's review group has completed its final report - with four waste centres around the county being suggested for closure - at St Annes, Rufford, Langho and Padiham.

The only mention of Claughton in the report is the opposition from Catterall Parish Council and Mr Wallace.

Although the task group has prepared its report it is not binding on the county council, and other options could still be on the cards.

A report on all the options available to the county council will be made public on Friday May 28 (including being published on the county council's website) and a final decision on which tips will be earmarked for the axe will be made on June 7.

Throughout the discussions on the future of the county's household waste centres, Garstang County Coun Val Wilson has stated she believed debate about the possible closure of Claughton tip was premature, though she added she would fight to keep it open should it be suggested for closure.