Claughton household waste facility set to reopen

Welcome: Coun Sandra Perkins at the site in Claughton
Welcome: Coun Sandra Perkins at the site in Claughton
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A recycling centre closed down two years ago is set to reopen.

Lancashire County Council is poised to make a u-turn on the future of the Claughton household waste facility which served the Garstang area.

The closure of the centre, as part of cost-cutting, caused uproar, with residents being forced to travel to Preston, Lancaster or Fleetwood with their waste.

Garstang county councillor Sandra Perkins, who has been a leading campaigner for the restoration of the centre, said the site has now been given the nod to relaunch. She said: “I am absolutely delighted.

“In the nine months I have been a county councillor, I have made the views of the people of Garstang and district about the tip very obvious.

“I have always been optimistic that we could restore the tip - this is great news for Garstang and the district.”

More details of how the re-opened Claughton depot will operate are expected to be released over the next few months.

The new regime is likely to see the tip open up to three days a week instead of the previous seven. Charges may be introduced for dumping certain kinds of rubbish such as rubble and concrete.

Coun Perkins said after the change of political control last summer at LCC, and her lobbying, helped prompt the formation of a task group re-examining the future of Lancashire’s HWRCs, including the Claughton site.

A statement sent to Coun Perkins by Coun Janice Hanson, cabinet member for waste policy, now says it is hoped to re-open the tip before April 2015 and that different centres may be run in different ways.