PENDLE Labour Party has joined the fight to prevent the closure of the waste recycling centre in Regent Street, Colne by Lancashire County Council.
As we reported last week, a petition has been launched by Liberal Democrat councilllors in the town opposing the closure plans.
And the Labour group is now collecting signatures on a petition of its own and is encouraging people to sign up to it.
Party secretary David Foat said Labour was opposed to the closure proposals because:-
• Pendle tax payers should not have to suffer a further and unnecessary cut to their services when there is plenty of money in reserves at County Hall gathering very little interest.
• The County Council cannot hope to meet its 2011/12 priority target of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill to nil by making recycling more difficult.
• 64% of the households in Pendle are closest to Colne HWRC and only 17% are closest to the Burnley one. This means that the vast majority of Colne and Nelson residents will have to travel further to reach a centre if Colne is closed. The extra financial cost in fuel will discourage people from recycling and has to be added to the increased environmental cost.
• The proposed closure will lead to an increase in fly-tipping, the costs of which will have to be carried by Pendle Council and not the County Council, creating a further unfair burden.
• The jobs of well trained, helpful local staff will be put at risk. We oppose any such redundancies caused by this poorly conceived proposal.
• The County Council should be negotiating with SITA to protect the future use of the centre, instead of acting as if it is going to cease to be available.