Lancashire County Council’s Conservative Administration have agreed to cut the opening hours and days of six Household Waste Recycling Centres across Lancashire.
The opening hours will be reduced to 9am to 5pm five days a week. From the current 11 hours a day 7 days a week. The sites that will have their hours cut are Barnoldswick, Burscough, Carnforth, Clitheroe, Haslingden, and Longridge.
In addition, all recycling centres should open on Bank Holidays even if a facility’s normal closure day is Monday.
Skelmersdale will remain open 7 days a week. Following consideration of the consultation responses and lobbying from Skelmersdale County Councillors Cllr’s Julie Gibson, Terry Aldridge and John Fillis.
Cllr John Fillis, Labour Deputy Leader, said “It’s clearly recognised by the scientific community and supported by local people that we need to be recycling more. The Conservative go against all this and choose to cut the opening hour of Household Waste Recycling Centres across Lancashire. This will without doubt reduce recycling and increase fly tipping. Leaving the borough councils to clear it up and local people to pay the price.”
“This has not been a saving by Lancashire but passing the buck to others to pick up the bill. People are paying more for less services under this Conservative Administration. 10% more in Lancashire in the last two years.”
“We would like to thank all those people in Skelmersdale who supported us in responding to the consultation.”
Local people from across Lancashire clearly objected to these cuts with 50% of respondents disagreed with the proposal, 31% of respondents agreed and 19% neither agreed nor disagreed.
Those that disagreed did so mainly because it would be inconvenient, reduction in recycling rates and that the changes would increase fly tipping.
A specific concern was raised in relation to the reduction of days at Skelmersdale recycling centre. 70% of respondents who use the Skelmersdale facility cited traffic as a concern. In addition it was noted that of the seven centres proposed Skelmersdale is significantly busier in terms of the tonnage it receives than the other six.