Congleton: condemned Cheshire tips to remain open until council arrange alternative provision

By Belinda Ryan - Local Democracy Reporter

28th Mar 2024 | Local News

Doomed Household Waste and Recycling Centres will stay open longer than expected. Image credit: Nub News.
Doomed Household Waste and Recycling Centres will stay open longer than expected. Image credit: Nub News.

Three tips due to be mothballed next week will now stay open for another couple of months until Cheshire East Council has sorted out alternative provision.

The household waste recycling centres at Bollington, Middlewich and Poynton were all due to close on April 1.

The 'emergency closures' were voted through at the council's budget meeting in February in a bid to save an estimated £750,000 in the coming 2024/25 financial year.

Now the cash-strapped council says the closures – which have sparked anger across the borough – are expected to happen in two to three months.

It hasn't explained what the financial implication of the delay will be on the budget.

A statement released by the council today (Wednesday) says: "The emergency closure of Bollington, Poynton and Middlewich HWRCs is currently targeted to take place in the next two to three months.

"The council is working to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible and as part of this, will be putting in place mitigation measures.

"These will include later mid-week evening opening hours at its four core sites – Alsager, Crewe, Knutsford and Macclesfield – and the introduction, on a trial basis, of a mobile household waste recycling service for residents in the Bollington, Poynton and Middlewich areas."

It continues: "The final details of these mitigation measures continue to be developed but will be timed to go live at the same time to limit any disruption as much as possible."

Cheshire East has promised a further update over the coming weeks and adds: "For now, all HWRCs in Cheshire East can be accessed as normal.

"The council will be engaging with town councils to explore opportunities for working in partnership to support HWRC services in their local areas."

     

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