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Recycling site reprieved for now

Created on 08/02/2017 @ 18:17
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Newtown’s recycling and waste centre at Wren Ddu Lane has today ben secured for the next 12 months from closure, but it will only open for three days a week.

Powys County Councillors have agreed not to close its Newtown or Welshpool recycling centres, operated by Potters Recycling, while a long term arrangement is considered.

Campaigns had ben mounted in Newtown and Welshpool about the closures following public consultation.

The county council will now provide £200,000 to reduce the pressure on the service and a further £300,000 contribution has now been proposed for the 2017/18 financial year to allow alternative proposals to be developed in an effort to make the full savings from 2018/19.
Following Powys County Council’s cabinet decision on Tuesday, sites in Newtown and Welshpool will now open on a reduced basis with each site will now only open for three days (two weekdays and one day at the weekend).
The cost of a trade recycling permit will also increase from £150 to £200 and the use of commercial vehicles and large trailers will be restricted.

Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George, said: “In recent months, I have been inundated with correspondence from concerned constituents who have reacted angrily at proposals to reduce the recycling provision in Powys.
“It is not acceptable for sites in Newtown or Welshpool to operate for just a few days a week. Both sites are very well used and this decision is a backward step.
“With the local authority confirming that it may have to revisit the prospect of closing further recycling centres in Powys, the future of our recycling provision is far from certain and with reduced opening hours, I am concerned at the long term impact this will have on our environment and recycling rates.
“There is serious concern that the proposed reduction in service could result in an increase in fly-tipping and a reduction in recycling rates in the area due to the inconvenience of potentially having to travel further to use the recycling services provided by Powys County Council.
“In my view, Powys County Council should now categorically confirm that none of the County’s recycling centres will be subject to closure and remove this option from the table.
“It is also my ambition to see a change in the law to ensure that everyone has access to a recycling facility within a reasonable distance from their home.
“I will continue to campaign for the Welsh Government to introduce these changes to the Environment Protection Act but in the meantime, I am keen to hear residents’ views on this important subject and would encourage everyone to answer a short online survey on recycling which can be found on my website at to make your views known.”

Newtown Town Councillor David Selby, who was involved in a campaign to keep the Newtown set open, said: “Thanks to the campaign and the over 3,100 signatures on the petition Powys Council Cabinet have changed their mind and the Newtown and Welshpool Potters sites will remain open.
“The change of mind would not have happened without the large petition handed to the Council before Christmas and the hundreds of individual questions and comments sent to them. Local residents really do care about the recycling service.
“This is a partial reprieve but there are important questions that Powys need to answer:
1.       What happens next year – the sites are saved for only one year?

2.       Will the Newtown Potters site open on peak days including the weekend?

3.       What plans have Powys in place to tackle increased Fly Tipping?

4.       Will Powys consider a door to door garden waste service?

5.       Will extra skips be provided in Back Lane Car Park?

“I do not believe the three days a week opening will work well and I worry that recycling rates and illegal fly tipping will increase.  I am calling for a full review of the Recycling and Waste collection services so that we can have a proper long term solution for our county.”

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