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Rubbish and recycling left at gates

 
Created on 04/04/2017 @ 15:06
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Today is the first time this week that Newtown’s recycling centre is open to the public as part of a new timetable in opening hours.

Despite concerns and protests from residents, councillors and others, the centre at Were Ddu Lane off Pool Road will now only open on Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays to the public.

Local councillors and Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George, have already lobbied for the centres at Newtown and Welshpool to be kept open seven days a week.

They fear the reduced times and new regulations over who can access the sites will cause increased fly tipping.

Yesterday, the first Monday that the site had been closed, saw people leaving waste outside the gates to the centre when they found it was closed.

Newtown Town Councillor David Selby said: “This reduction of service is bad news for Newtown and surrounding areas. The publicity about the opening hours has not been good and the hours are illogical.

“I will do all I can to reverse this decision. When I visited the centre this afternoon cars were arriving regularly to try to use the site and were confused about the change.”

A petition will be handed to councillors on Friday demanding a return to the seven day opening hours.
 
Newtown Councillor Peter Hough, who was at the centre yesterday with David Selby, said: “One load has already been left outside the closed gates. The owner has promised to return to deliver the waste into the centre, but this is a sign of the problems to come.  I urge concerned residents to sign our petition which we are presenting to Powys Council on Friday.”
 
Our petition is on line at http://www.montlibdems.org.uk/recycle_opening

Photo: Cllr Peter Hough and David Selby outside the gates of the Newtown recycling centre on Monday

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