Talks are continuing between Pendle Council and Asda in a bid to prevent recycling facilities being removed from the superstore’s car park in Colne.
Asda has applied to the council for the skips, which cater for paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, to be withdrawn, citing abuse by trade contractors as a chief concern.
Colne is surrounded by some of the most glorious countryside in this nation and I fear there will be a huge rise in fly tipping if this closure is allowed to go aheadColne Town Councillor Ash Sutcliffe
But the council has turned down the request and has been working with the store’s management, carrying out enforcement action against abusers of the recycling site.
Colne Town Councillor Ash Sutcliffe is heading calls for Asda bosses to have a change of heart.
He said: “I am starting a petition. We can’t allow this to happen by stealth. This site is extremely well used. “In the last year alone, Colners recycled 24 tonnes of paper, 14 tonnes of glass and two tonnes of cans and tins. “And it is not just the town that loses out. Charity does too – the Salvation Army has already removed its receptacles, so that’s two tonnes of clothes that might not be donated to this good cause.”
Colne currently has two other recycling sites: Sainsbury’s, in Windsor Street, and the car park behind the Red Lion in the town centre.
Coun. Sutcliffe, proprietor of Live Like the Boy in Colne town centre, said: “We can’t just stand by and let this happen.
“People don’t know about this yet and I want to raise awareness before this facility is shut once and for all. “Colne is surrounded by some of the most glorious countryside in this nation and I fear there will be a huge rise in fly tipping if this closure is allowed to go ahead.
“Please join me in protesting to Asda, either via Facebook: www.change.org/p/asda-colne-stop-the-removal-of-the-recycling-facilities, or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s show them we really mind about this!”
Pendle councillors with be discussing the potential closure of the recycling facility at the Colne and District Committee on Thursday.
The Conservative Group will be supporting Coun. Sutcliffe’s call against the facility being removed.
The agenda for the meeting says a further report will be submitted to the July meeting.