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New councillors vow to challenge recycling closures

Created on 07/05/2017 @ 08:48
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Newly elected councillors on Powys County Council have overwhelmingly backed a call from Welshpool Town Council to re-open household waste recycling sites on seven days a week.

Powys County Council recently announced the sites would be closed across the county but the outgoing Cabinet bowed to public pressure, agreeing to keep them open on three days per week.

The Town Council surveyed all candidates for last Thursday’s County Council elections and now reports that 72% of the 52 elected would support the centres returning to seven-day-a week opening.

Eighteen successful candidates did not respond to the survey while only Guilsfield’s David Jones and Rachel Powell of Beguildy declined to support the idea it is reported today by Welshpool Town Council Clerk Robert Robinson.

Welshpool County Councillor Graham Breeze (pictured) has vowed to take the Town Council’s campaign to County Hall and will call for the newly installed Cabinet to take a completely different approach to recycling in Powys.

“While we must all fully understand the grave financial situation facing Powys County Council there is no hiding from the fact that there is massive support across the whole county for the restoration of our household waste recycling centres,” he said.

“While campaigning I found the burning topic on every doorstep to be recycling centres and I am sure every other would-be councillor found the same.

“Decisions were made in haste by the outgoing Cabinet despite all-round opposition from the full council and the people of Powys have told us what they think in the polling stations.

“On top of the closure decision the council has imposed ridiculous restrictions on the types of vehicles able to visit household waste centres and embarrassed us all by announcing doorsteps collections would be reduced to four days – and then withdrawing the suggestion,” he added.

“I shall be calling on my fellow councillors to follow-up the promises they have been making when campaigning. We must tell the newly installed Cabinet that the people of Powys have been badly let down and that three-day-per-week centres are simply not good enough.

“I have personally witnessed the chaos at Welshpool’s recycling centre with queues of traffic tailing back to Severn Road and causing disruption for other businesses, yet officers of Powys County Council issue statements to the contrary.

“John Powell, who was Cabinet member for waste and recycling, told us there was no increase in fly-tipping as a result of the closure. Who did he think he was fooling? Well no-one it seems because he lost his seat on Thursday.

“The household waste recycling centre is an essential service and one of the first priorities of the new county council must be to see it restored.”


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