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"Common sense" consensus on recycling plans

Created on 06/07/2017 @ 09:11
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The vast majority of people have reacted positively to ned that Newtown's recycling and waste centre could soon be opening five days a week instead of the three it was cut down to earlier this year.

Powys County Council said yesterday that the Cabinet would consider the revision to opening times at the Wern Ddu Lane site, as well as Welshpool's and others in the county. The site used to be open seven days a week but was cut to three in April as part of council cost cutting.

The public and politicians reacted angrily to the cut backs and fly tipping around the site and parts of the community appeared to increase as a result of people being unable to access the site except at one day over the weekend and limited times in the week.

Vans, trailers and pick-ups were also banned from using the sites.

MyNewtown's Facebook page has bene inundated with comments and messages ever since.

On Tuesday the council Cabinet will consider proposals to open the site five days a week, including weekends.

Councillor David Selby, who represents Newtown Central, and campaigned to keep the site open and then to increase the opening hours has welcomed the statement.
“It would appear that the new Cabinet have seen sense and listened to the concerns of local residents and we will have a partial return to the service provided before.  The Cabinet, I hope have realised, that there is a real desire in the town to recycle and to keep the area clean.  Powys Council in return has to provide the facilities to assist that aim.”
“The full scheme will become clear once the decision is taken next week, but I commit to continue to ensure that both the centre is operated correctly and that Powys Council continues to tackle fly tipping wherever it occurs.”

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