Council chief promises more consultation on Stockton Heath recycling centre

Council chief promises more consultation on Stockton Heath recycling centre

Council chief promises more consultation on Stockton Heath recycling centre

First published in News

BRINGING recycling to more convenient places in a more cost effective way is the vision for Warrington Borough Council.

Clr David Keane spoke out after the meeting on Thursday saying he would recommend further consultation takes place on the scheme.

The executive member for environment and public protection said: “I have two real challenges here; one is the severe budget cuts faced by the council, the other is achieving our aspirational recycling targets. Both of these challenges mean we have to recycle differently in the future.

“Following more than a dozen direct contacts from members of the public which have been really positive about recycling in Warrington, and representations from Labour and Conservative councillors, I will be recommending to the executive board that further meaningful consultation takes place on this matter. I will also be taking account of the views of the all-party Scrutiny Committee who found the decision to be proportionate in terms of impact on the town but agreed it required further consultation.”

He added he had still not heard from any Liberal Democrats about the centre and they had not taken up his offer to meet with them for a meaningful discussion.

“Residents I have spoken with have been largely pleased that our plan will offer localised and convenient alternatives unlike the previous Liberal Democrat proposal back in 2010 to close both Woolston and Stockton Heath Recycling Centres with no alternative provision,” he added.

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8:34am Fri 11 Jul 14

grey_man says...

Actually Steve Parish who sat on the scrutiny committee has already stated that any consultation is meaningless because Stockton Heath has to close. So it will once they've wasted a few weeks pretending to care what local people think.

And still the question remains: Why did the Labour Party cover up this and other decisions until after the elections were out of the way? There's no prizes for answering that one because it's a bit obvious.

As for David Keane's 'vision'. It's hard to see how closing recycling facilities and restricting the hours of the remaining facilities so people can't actually get to - you know - use them can be called 'convenient'.

And all the while the talk of 'cost effectiveness' and 'alternatives' masks the fact that this site has already been sold to or earmarked for a developer - the council's real and only agenda, as ever.
Actually Steve Parish who sat on the scrutiny committee has already stated that any consultation is meaningless because Stockton Heath has to close. So it will once they've wasted a few weeks pretending to care what local people think. And still the question remains: Why did the Labour Party cover up this and other decisions until after the elections were out of the way? There's no prizes for answering that one because it's a bit obvious. As for David Keane's 'vision'. It's hard to see how closing recycling facilities and restricting the hours of the remaining facilities so people can't actually get to - you know - use them can be called 'convenient'. And all the while the talk of 'cost effectiveness' and 'alternatives' masks the fact that this site has already been sold to or earmarked for a developer - the council's real and only agenda, as ever. grey_man
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