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Stockton Heath Recycling Centre call in meeting
Updated 8:14pm Thursday 3rd July 2014 in News
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- Scrutiny committee discussing closure of recycling centre in Stockton Heath
- Council's executive board made the decision as part of new contract for waste management
- Liberal Democrat's Clr Peter Walker called in decision to be reviewed
- Sites no consultation and impact on South Warrington among reasons against closure
And that brings the meeting to a close.
That will be at the next executive board on Monday, July 14.
That means the executive board will have four points to examine which have been referred back from the scrutiny committee.
On whether viable other options were available the committee voted unanimously to hear what other options were considered.
Not considering the financial implications was voted five to two to offer advice for more financial information available.
On clarity of aims and desired outcome the committee voted four to three not to offer any advice.
On openness the committee voted one to offer no advice, five to offer advice that the council should be more specific in what it wants to do and one abstained.
On due consultation the committee voted six to one to send advice to the executive board.
The advice is for a six week public consultation to then go back to the executive board.
On proportionality councillors voted five in favour of offering no comment against two.
Councillors are now voting on each point.
When asked about other outlying areas such as Burtonwood and Culcheth and their distance compared to the likes of Lymm councillors we're told the distances were the same.
Clr Steve Parish asked how much would be saved by the centre closure.
he was told in total the contract would save £450,000 including all the changes.
7:27pm Thu 3 Jul 14
Will David Keane come up with some examples to back up his view? Because I can come up with a few that disprove it.
Clr Ian Marks asks whether there was a consideration to go out to retender after the potential contractors went from 22 to two then one.
Clr David Keane said consultation was always planned once the decision was made.
Clr Wendy Johnson voices her disappointment why south Warrington councillors we're not consulted.
Clr Colin Froggatt questioned whether the closure of Stockton Heath was mentioned in the forward plan or budget for councillors to question he was told no.
Clr David Keane says he had not had a single contact from Liberal Democrat councillors over the matter.
I love my town north or south of any border we wish to create. We are one town and the council will do its best for the whole of this town.Clr David Keane
Now it is moving to the people who took the decision with Clr David Keane leading their side.
Clr Peter Walker ends his speech by calling on the current contract to be extended for consultation.
It's a community recycling centre but there has been no consultation with the community.Clr Peter Walker
Clr Bob Barr questions why there is not more monitoring of sites to work out how much they are used.
Clr Celia Jordan questioned why a Labour councillor was already aware of the closure when she knew nothing of it.
John Wesley from Warrington Friends of the Earth passed in a petition and told councillors of the impact on the environment.
Ann Raymond, from Stockton Heatharish Council read out comments from residents.
Among those are "So much for democracy and the right to protest."
She added: "All the people of Warrington want is for the council to listen and right things."
The meeting is being told about how a call in works and that councillors who called it in need to show the decision breached the principles of decision making.
Warrington South MP David Mowat is in attendance at the meeting.
And we are now under way.
That means that the committee itself cannot stop the closure.
The scrutiny committee can decide to either offer no advice and the decision be implemented straight away, offer advice for the executive board to consider or refer it to full council as it does not feel the call in falls into its remit.
The meeting will hear from Clr David Keane who is the executive board member for environment as well as Clr Peter Walker who called in the decision.
The chamber is filling up now as the public and councillors take their seats.
The meeting is obviously the hottest ticket in town as they are handing out blue stickers to those who will be able to go into the council chamber.
Those who miss out will have to listen in through speakers from Committee Room One.
A petition with more than 600 signatures has already been collected by campaigners who will be handing it in to the meeting tonight.
But Liberal Democrat councillors and residents in South Warrington are calling for the decision to be reviewed due to the detrimental effect on residents there.
They say it will leave residents in the south facing up to hour long round trips to visit the other centres and could lead to an increase in flytipping.
The council say the centre has to close because the budget for recycling centres has been reduced due to austerity measures.
At present there are three recycling centres - Stockton Heath, Woolston and Gatewarth.
MEMBERS of the council's scrutiny committee will be debating the decision to close Stockton Heath Recycling Centre at a meeting tonight.
The move was made as part of the award of a new contract for the management of community recycling centres.
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