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Councillor to fight for household waste recycling sites

Created on 14/03/2017 @ 08:11
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A Welshpool councillor says he will call on Powys County Council to fully reinstate household waste recycling centres after the May elections.

County and Town Councillor Graham Breeze says he will continue his fight for seven-day recycling centres after the latest revelations about opening times and vehicle restrictions at the sites across the county.

Powys County Council has announced that the recycling centres will only open for three days a week from April 3 and has revealed a list of restricted vehicles that will not be allowed on the sites – including vans.

The council will also introduce a four-day doorstep refuse collection service after announcing that all Monday collections will soon stop.

Councillor Breeze said: “Powys County Council has stepped down on plans to close the Welshpool site completely but has still gone too far with these decisions.

“We must not allow these Cabinet decisions to go unchallenged and will get the ideal opportunity when a new council is formed after the May 4 elections.

“Already five of the nine Cabinet members have announced they will not be standing for re-election so there will be a vastly different look to the senior team in May.

“We all know Powys County Council is facing a massive financial challenge. Welsh Government has announced austerity measures will last for years yet and the county continues to receive less and less finance from the Labour-led regime in Cardff,” said the councillor.

“I have asked Portfolio holder John Powell for a full breakdown on how reducing collection services to just four days a week will save us £500,000 and still be effective. As yet he has not responded.

“We have won some breathing space by persuading Powys to stop complete closure plans and now have the opportunity to campaign for a fresh approach to household waste recycling sites in the county.

“We have to let the new Cabinet know that the whole of Powys is demanding the household waste recycling site service is reinstated.

“I will be calling on the new Cabinet to re-open investigations as soon as the new council is formed on May 4.”

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