Colne household waste recycling centre under threat

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Pendle’s main tip is facing closure as part of the local government’s budget planning process.

Colne’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Regent Street adjacent to the Asda supermarket, has been recommended for closure following Lancashire County Council’s decision to further rationalise the network of 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 as its increasing operating costs.

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

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “I think this is wrong. The Colne centre is the busiest in Pendle and clearly very well used.

“It is geographically central to the borough, and I don’t think having two is unreasonable.

“It seems to be flawed logic and I’m sure there are more savings to be made in other areas rather than coming after front line services..”

People can read the full report and comment before a decision is taken in the autumn. To read the proposals or to respond to the consultation by September 30th, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/waste