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Town council rejects reduced recycling days

Created on 28/02/2017 @ 21:06
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Newtown Town Council is demanding the town's recycling and waste centre is kept open throughout the week instead of just three days as planned by Powys County Council.

The centre, at Wern Ddu Lane, will open just one day over each weekend and two days in the week from 1 April under plans to cut costs by Powys County Council.

The plans mean that while the Newtown site will be open one day over a weekend, the Welshpool site will be open on the other day to allow people in Montgomeryshire access to at least one recycling or waste site.

The county council had originally planned to close one of the sites.

But on Monday night a motion proposed by Cllr David Selby opposing the reduction in opening hours was passed by the council.

“This Council welcomes the decision of Powys Council to keep Potters Recycling Centre open but is concerned that the opening in future will be only 3 days per week.  This Council believes that the recycling service will be put at risk by this decision and urges Powys Council to re-instate daily opening”
At the meeting Cllr David Selby quoted from the reply he had received from Cllr John Powell, the Powys Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability.

Cllr Selby said Cllr Powell claims there will not be an increase in fly tipping as a result of this change “because it is of course an illegal activity” David Selby said that it indeed hoped this was the case “but it shows a degree of naivety that is difficult to believe” 
Cllr John Powell also believes that it is acceptable to drive to Welshpool from Newtown with rubbish for recycling on three days per week – “hardly a sustainable future,” according to Cllr Selby.


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