Colne waste centre closure decision set for review

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LANCASHIRE County Council’s decision to close the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Regent Street, Colne, will be examined by a meeting of the council’s Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

The committee will consider whether to “call in” the decision following a request for a special meeting submitted by county councillors on Friday after the decision was taken to close the site the previous day.

The letter requesting the decision to close the Colne site and others at Garstang, Great Harwood and Bacup be “called in” was supported by County Couns Malcolm Barron, Michael Devaney, Michael Green, Mark Perks and Valerie Wilson.

The “call in” process allows councillors to request a decision be reconsidered. It begins once a letter containing the signatures of five county councillors is received, which results in a meeting of the Scrutiny Committee within seven working days.

The Scrutiny Committee will hear evidence for the decision to be called in before taking a vote on whether to “call in” the decision by inviting the taker of the original decision, deputy leader County Coun. Albert Atkinson, to reconsider.

The Scrutiny Committee is one of three county council Overview and Scrutiny Committees, whose role is to review council policies and services, as well as services delivered by other organisations in Lancashire. It is able to require the council’s decision-makers, as well as those of its key partners, to account for their decisions and actions.