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Consultation begins on recycling centre

 
Created on 27/10/2016 @ 09:14
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Consultation on the future of the county’s five household waste and recycling centres has started, Powys County Council has announced.

The council is reviewing the five household waste and recycling centres as it looks to save £700,000 from the service from April 2017.

The consultation, which will close on November 30, is available online at www.powys.gov.uk/haveyoursay with paper copes available at local libraries shortly.

The council’s Cabinet gave the go-ahead earlier this month to carry out a full consultation into the future of the centres, which are currently located in Brecon, Llandegley, Newtown, Welshpool and Ystradgynlais.

Residents will be consulted on a number of options including the closure of up to two sites, reducing the opening days of the sites, and potential charges for some waste such as soil and rubble, plasterboard and other DIY waste.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “We are facing unprecedented financial pressures as we look to save £29.8 million up until 2019.

“As part of our balanced three-year financial plan, which was approved by full council earlier this year, a number of savings proposals were put forward. One of the proposed savings is to reduce the amount of household waste and recycling centres in the county.

“The savings we need to make means that the level of service we currently have in place cannot be sustained.  We face difficult decisions about their future.

“We want the views of residents on a number of options as we look to make the savings.”

The news that Welshpool’s site could potentially go was met by widespread anger from local residents with a petition already in place to put pressure on the council.

 

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