Colne councillors oppose closure of town’s waste and recycling centre

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COLNE councillors have thrown party politics to one side and have said they will present a united front in an effort to keep the town’s waste and recycling centre open.

Speaking at a meeting of Pendle Council’s Colne and District Committee, Coun. Joe Cooney said that it was a “moronic” suggestion by Lancashire County Council to close one of its busiest sites.

In July, Lancashire County Council announced plans to close Colne Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Regent Street, adjacent to Asda supermarket, following a decision to further rationalise the network of the HWRCs.

The Colne site receives approximately 6,804 tonnes of waste per year and is one of the busiest facilities in Lancashire.

The site is wholly owned by LCC’s contractor, Sita, and there is uncertainty over its continued availability, as well an its increasing operating costs.

If closed, people would have to travel to West Close Road, Barnoldswick, or the new Burnley site at Heasandford, to dispose of their waste.

Conservative Coun. Cooney said: “Lancashire County Council’s reasons for closing the site just don’t stand up. The Colne site is the fourth largest in the country and has had 36,000 visitors in the last three years. It just doesn’t make any sense to shut it.”

He was supported by Liberal Democrat, Coun. Ann Kerrigan, who said councillors should present a united front to oppose the closure regardless of politics.

The committee resolved to invite County Coun. Albert Atkinson to the next meeting to discuss the reasons behind the proposed closure.

In the meantime Coun. Ann Kerrigan said that she will be continuing taking a petition around the town to gain residents’ support.