Stockton Heath recycle centre set to close

Stockton Heath recycle centre set to close

Stockton Heath recycle centre set to close

First published in News

AS the town is being urged to do their bit for National Recycling Week those who turn up to Stockton Heath Recycling Centre are greeted with a sign saying it is set to close.

Warrington Borough Council has taken the decision to close the Sandy Lane centre after appointing a new contractor to manage the centres.

The council say the closure comes as a result of government cuts to services.

The new management system will also mean that Woolston Recycling Centre will now open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm at the weekends.

Gatewarth Recycling Centre will open from 8am to 6pm every day of the week.

The move has left users of the South Warrington centre and residents living near Arpley Tip outraged.

Julie Holden, of Hobb Lane, Moore, said: “South Warrington residents will now have to travel to Sankey or Woolston for recycling facilities. Closure of Stockton Heath will cause increased traffic through Warrington and at the other facilities, encourage people not to recycle, fly tipping and other things too.

“The facility work force advised me that closure was because of the council's perceived reduction in recycling at the facility, however the employees I spoke to said that their records of volumes for the past 12 months did not support this.”

One who did not want to be named added: “This means that before 1am and after 4pm the only recycling centre for the entire population of Warrington will be Gatewarth resulting in a vast increase in traffic along Barnard street near to Arpley landfill.”

Clr David Keane, executive board member for environment and public protection, said there had been a 50 per cent drop in use of recycling due to more kerb recycling.

He added: “This has been a tough decision but due to Government cuts in funding, in order to deliver savings and due to the various site and operational restrictions it has been agreed to close this site.

“However, in order to compensate for closing the site, we will be looking to expand other recycling facilities in the area including new bring bank sites and promotion of other existing services such as the bulky waste collection service and of course our kerbside recycling collection services.”

Residents are also advised to visit recycleforwarrington.co.uk for more recycling help.

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12:02pm Wed 18 Jun 14

londonwire says...

Seems daft, it cant cost THAT much to run? I'd love to see the council's accounts to see how much money they really don't have, as opposed to how much they squander on nonsense.

PS: what's a "bring bank site"? Speak English man!
Seems daft, it cant cost THAT much to run? I'd love to see the council's accounts to see how much money they really don't have, as opposed to how much they squander on nonsense. PS: what's a "bring bank site"? Speak English man! londonwire
  • Score: 10

12:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

grey_man says...

More evidence that money is only spent in North Warrington and on pointless and expensive projects like 20mph signs. Where is the joined up thinking in this? It can only lead to more fly-tipping, more traffic across town, less amenity for people living in the South of Warrington and more traffic around the remaining sites.

I've also had it with the council hiding behind 'Government cutbacks'. Grow some balls and admit this is the council's decision alone and that it is based on a political agenda.
More evidence that money is only spent in North Warrington and on pointless and expensive projects like 20mph signs. Where is the joined up thinking in this? It can only lead to more fly-tipping, more traffic across town, less amenity for people living in the South of Warrington and more traffic around the remaining sites. I've also had it with the council hiding behind 'Government cutbacks'. Grow some balls and admit this is the council's decision alone and that it is based on a political agenda. grey_man
  • Score: 17

3:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

davehedgehog says...

Obviously this is a stupid decision that does nothing to benefit the town or taxpayer. But big dirty backhanders from developers can cloud the judgement!
Obviously this is a stupid decision that does nothing to benefit the town or taxpayer. But big dirty backhanders from developers can cloud the judgement! davehedgehog
  • Score: 14

6:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

mikelwarb says...

I can only agree with the comments above. The ridiculous amount of money that has been wasted on the 20 signs and other street furniture, not to mention the way they spoil the urban environment; the unnecessary 'improvements' to crossings; the 'all for show improvements' to Bank Park, could have more than covered the Sandy Lane Recycling Centre, looked after local amenity parks and more. There must be some sensible planning in Warrington but I seem to have missed it.
I can only agree with the comments above. The ridiculous amount of money that has been wasted on the 20 signs and other street furniture, not to mention the way they spoil the urban environment; the unnecessary 'improvements' to crossings; the 'all for show improvements' to Bank Park, could have more than covered the Sandy Lane Recycling Centre, looked after local amenity parks and more. There must be some sensible planning in Warrington but I seem to have missed it. mikelwarb
  • Score: 13

7:01pm Wed 18 Jun 14

jmichael says...

Unbelievable! Almost in the same breath the council decides to close a useful facility while at the same time spending the hard earned money of council tax payers to employ someone in a non-job - namely Executive Director of Family and Wellbeing (whatever that is). How can this facility cost more than it earns when there are at most 2-3 people working at Sandy Lane and probably thousands of pounds worth of recyclable material being delivered every week. The town's voters should take the opportunity to vote this lot out at the earliest opportunity - they are absolutely useless.
Unbelievable! Almost in the same breath the council decides to close a useful facility while at the same time spending the hard earned money of council tax payers to employ someone in a non-job - namely Executive Director of Family and Wellbeing (whatever that is). How can this facility cost more than it earns when there are at most 2-3 people working at Sandy Lane and probably thousands of pounds worth of recyclable material being delivered every week. The town's voters should take the opportunity to vote this lot out at the earliest opportunity - they are absolutely useless. jmichael
  • Score: 13

7:15pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Paul Kennedy says...

jmichael wrote:
Unbelievable! Almost in the same breath the council decides to close a useful facility while at the same time spending the hard earned money of council tax payers to employ someone in a non-job - namely Executive Director of Family and Wellbeing (whatever that is). How can this facility cost more than it earns when there are at most 2-3 people working at Sandy Lane and probably thousands of pounds worth of recyclable material being delivered every week. The town's voters should take the opportunity to vote this lot out at the earliest opportunity - they are absolutely useless.
Executive Director of Family and Wellbeing is responsible for the Education, Social Services and Public Health Departments, with a gross expenditure budget of £ hundreds of millions, and the largest budget at WBC.
[quote][p][bold]jmichael[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable! Almost in the same breath the council decides to close a useful facility while at the same time spending the hard earned money of council tax payers to employ someone in a non-job - namely Executive Director of Family and Wellbeing (whatever that is). How can this facility cost more than it earns when there are at most 2-3 people working at Sandy Lane and probably thousands of pounds worth of recyclable material being delivered every week. The town's voters should take the opportunity to vote this lot out at the earliest opportunity - they are absolutely useless.[/p][/quote]Executive Director of Family and Wellbeing is responsible for the Education, Social Services and Public Health Departments, with a gross expenditure budget of £ hundreds of millions, and the largest budget at WBC. Paul Kennedy
  • Score: 7

7:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Stockton Heath Sam says...

Typical bungling Labour council hiding behind government cuts,,they don't know the word priority.This will be a massive loss on top of now fortnightly bin collection for the people of South Warrington.
Typical bungling Labour council hiding behind government cuts,,they don't know the word priority.This will be a massive loss on top of now fortnightly bin collection for the people of South Warrington. Stockton Heath Sam
  • Score: 5

12:56pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Universally Challenged says...

Paul Kennedy wrote:
jmichael wrote: Unbelievable! Almost in the same breath the council decides to close a useful facility while at the same time spending the hard earned money of council tax payers to employ someone in a non-job - namely Executive Director of Family and Wellbeing (whatever that is). How can this facility cost more than it earns when there are at most 2-3 people working at Sandy Lane and probably thousands of pounds worth of recyclable material being delivered every week. The town's voters should take the opportunity to vote this lot out at the earliest opportunity - they are absolutely useless.
Executive Director of Family and Wellbeing is responsible for the Education, Social Services and Public Health Departments, with a gross expenditure budget of £ hundreds of millions, and the largest budget at WBC.
Absolutely right. A massive amount of responsibility - definitely not a non-job in my book. Central Govt cuts are real. The government want all local services in private hands. I lean towards not doing this, but only taking into account the energy companies and water privitisation (a private company with no competitors in the consumer market - result for shareholders !). This may or may not work with council services, but I worry that further deregulation may lead to more Winterbourne Views. Cuts have to be made and I'd rather it be in recycling than Childrens services or Adult Social Care. Saying that, I don't think it was the right decision to leave south Warrington without any facilities at all. Ok,maybe one "had" to close, but the only one in the south? Bizarre thinking. If anything the Sandy Lane site was too small and close to the village. A bigger site nearer to the M56 or M6 might have been a better option?
[quote][p][bold]Paul Kennedy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jmichael[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable! Almost in the same breath the council decides to close a useful facility while at the same time spending the hard earned money of council tax payers to employ someone in a non-job - namely Executive Director of Family and Wellbeing (whatever that is). How can this facility cost more than it earns when there are at most 2-3 people working at Sandy Lane and probably thousands of pounds worth of recyclable material being delivered every week. The town's voters should take the opportunity to vote this lot out at the earliest opportunity - they are absolutely useless.[/p][/quote]Executive Director of Family and Wellbeing is responsible for the Education, Social Services and Public Health Departments, with a gross expenditure budget of £ hundreds of millions, and the largest budget at WBC.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. A massive amount of responsibility - definitely not a non-job in my book. Central Govt cuts are real. The government want all local services in private hands. I lean towards not doing this, but only taking into account the energy companies and water privitisation (a private company with no competitors in the consumer market - result for shareholders !). This may or may not work with council services, but I worry that further deregulation may lead to more Winterbourne Views. Cuts have to be made and I'd rather it be in recycling than Childrens services or Adult Social Care. Saying that, I don't think it was the right decision to leave south Warrington without any facilities at all. Ok,maybe one "had" to close, but the only one in the south? Bizarre thinking. If anything the Sandy Lane site was too small and close to the village. A bigger site nearer to the M56 or M6 might have been a better option? Universally Challenged
  • Score: 7

6:50am Fri 20 Jun 14

fed up dot com says...

" Clr David Keane, executive board member for environment and public protection, said there had been a 50 per cent drop in use of recycling due to more kerb recycling "......so he will have the paper work to back up this claim ?, surely under a freedom of information request would prove him right or wrong.
As in a recent conversation with one of the employees in the site I was informed the the volume of waste going through all the waste sites in the borough has increased.
" Clr David Keane, executive board member for environment and public protection, said there had been a 50 per cent drop in use of recycling due to more kerb recycling "......so he will have the paper work to back up this claim ?, surely under a freedom of information request would prove him right or wrong. As in a recent conversation with one of the employees in the site I was informed the the volume of waste going through all the waste sites in the borough has increased. fed up dot com
  • Score: 5

7:44am Fri 20 Jun 14

grey_man says...

fed up dot com wrote:
" Clr David Keane, executive board member for environment and public protection, said there had been a 50 per cent drop in use of recycling due to more kerb recycling "......so he will have the paper work to back up this claim ?, surely under a freedom of information request would prove him right or wrong.
As in a recent conversation with one of the employees in the site I was informed the the volume of waste going through all the waste sites in the borough has increased.
The only thing David Keane is interested in is making sure voters in his own ward don't lose their local tip.
[quote][p][bold]fed up dot com[/bold] wrote: " Clr David Keane, executive board member for environment and public protection, said there had been a 50 per cent drop in use of recycling due to more kerb recycling "......so he will have the paper work to back up this claim ?, surely under a freedom of information request would prove him right or wrong. As in a recent conversation with one of the employees in the site I was informed the the volume of waste going through all the waste sites in the borough has increased.[/p][/quote]The only thing David Keane is interested in is making sure voters in his own ward don't lose their local tip. grey_man
  • Score: -2

4:23pm Fri 20 Jun 14

dbeaden says...

Perhaps the council could use some of the money they extort from motorists on the Forge car park in Stockton Heath to subsidise the tip and keep it open! Please sign he petition on Facebook "Warrington Borough Council: Keep Sandy Lane tip open!"

http://www.change.or
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ncil-keep-sandy-lane
-tip-open?share_id=g
HfQlXaOhf&utm_campai
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Perhaps the council could use some of the money they extort from motorists on the Forge car park in Stockton Heath to subsidise the tip and keep it open! Please sign he petition on Facebook "Warrington Borough Council: Keep Sandy Lane tip open!" http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/wa rrington-borough-cou ncil-keep-sandy-lane -tip-open?share_id=g HfQlXaOhf&utm_campai gn=share_button_acti on_box&utm_medium=fa cebook&utm_source=sh are_petition dbeaden
  • Score: 1

4:47pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Reader says...

Can't find a facebook page with the name "Warrington Borough Council: Keep Sandy Lane tip open"...
Can't find a facebook page with the name "Warrington Borough Council: Keep Sandy Lane tip open"... Reader
  • Score: 0

5:05pm Sun 22 Jun 14

gordon holt says...

just imagine how many quiet lanes there are between Stockton heath and Woolston
just imagine how many quiet lanes there are between Stockton heath and Woolston gordon holt
  • Score: 0

8:49am Mon 23 Jun 14

Reader says...

gordon holt wrote:
just imagine how many quiet lanes there are between Stockton heath and Woolston
Looking at the new opening times of Woolston too (now only 10am to 4pm weekdays) it seems everyone from over that way who works will be have to travel over to Gateworth tip at Sankey if they want to tip something during the week and that one shuts at 6pm too !! Stockton Heath's has always been open until 8pm. The whole thing is madness and so much for encouraging people to dispose of their waste sensibly !!
[quote][p][bold]gordon holt[/bold] wrote: just imagine how many quiet lanes there are between Stockton heath and Woolston[/p][/quote]Looking at the new opening times of Woolston too (now only 10am to 4pm weekdays) it seems everyone from over that way who works will be have to travel over to Gateworth tip at Sankey if they want to tip something during the week and that one shuts at 6pm too !! Stockton Heath's has always been open until 8pm. The whole thing is madness and so much for encouraging people to dispose of their waste sensibly !! Reader
  • Score: 2

8:53am Mon 23 Jun 14

Reader says...

sorry Gordon Holt, quoted you by accident.
sorry Gordon Holt, quoted you by accident. Reader
  • Score: 0

2:00pm Wed 25 Jun 14

cdonlan says...

We have started a facebook group and petition to ask WBC to reverse the decision to close Stockton Heath Tip.

https://www.facebook
.com/groups/54324963
2463914/

https://www.change.o
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We have started a facebook group and petition to ask WBC to reverse the decision to close Stockton Heath Tip. https://www.facebook .com/groups/54324963 2463914/ https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/w arrington-borough-co uncil-reverse-the-de cision-to-close-sand y-lane-recycling-cen tre-in-stockton-heat h# cdonlan
  • Score: 0

6:09pm Wed 25 Jun 14

cdonlan says...

Reader wrote:
Can't find a facebook page with the name "Warrington Borough Council: Keep Sandy Lane tip open"...
It's called 'Save Stockton Heath Tip'
[quote][p][bold]Reader[/bold] wrote: Can't find a facebook page with the name "Warrington Borough Council: Keep Sandy Lane tip open"...[/p][/quote]It's called 'Save Stockton Heath Tip' cdonlan
  • Score: 1

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