Councillors Denis Bottomley and Kim Wheeler-Mallows represented Everleigh Parish Council at the extraordinary public meeting last Monday evening (21 Dec 15) to debate the recycling centres situation in Wiltshire. Feedback:
Wilts Council need to make budget cuts from FY 16-17 onwards, including on recycle centres.
Wilts Council have tabled a proposal to close the Everleigh Recycle Centre primarily on the basis that it sits at the bottom of the league table of the 11 recycle centres in the county.
Saving: £135K, although £60K of this would be reallocated to the other 10 recycle centres to allow them to be open an extra hour, ie opening at 9am rather than 10am each day 5 days a week.
After presentations and open forum, conclusions:
There was much support from the audience for retention of the Everleigh Recycle Centre.
An increase in fly tipping which may follow the closure of the Everleigh Recycle Centre was a major public concern.
A counter proposal from the floor to keep the Everleigh Recycle Centre open for at least 2 days a week was floated.
No decisions were made.
We await further developments.
Chairman, Everleigh Parish Council