Mayor learns that town’s refuse centre is closing

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Fears have emerged that Chorley’s only tip could be closed.

Lancashire County Council has already shut three household waste recycling centres in the county and has announced that a further four will close in an effort to plug a £179m budget black hole.

Sites at Petre Arms in Langho, Ribble Valley, Rufford in West Lancashire, and Everest Road in St Annes closed on March 31.

A proposal to close a further four HWRCs was agreed in February, with officials now trying to identify which should close.

Officials claim that a report is currently underway and no final decision has been made, but Mayor of Chorley, Coun Ken Ball says he has been told that the tip is already on the hit list.

He said: “To close the waste centre at Lowerburgh Way would be a completely wrong decision, but I have been told that Chorley is one of the four sites being ear-marked for closure.

“I can’t understand it as the centre is very busy with people recycling their rubbish and there is always people queuing there.

“The site has also had a lot of money spent on it in the last few years and it’s a good facility.

“I’m sure it must be one of the busiest tips in the county.

“The last thing residents in Chorley will want is to have to travel to another town to do their recycling.

“I think it will just result in even more fly-tipping that will cost the tax-payer to clean up.” Coun Ball said the success of the neighbouring tip in Farington, which is set to be redesigned, is threatening the future of the Chorley waste centre.

The waste site is located on land between Lowerburgh Way and Birkacre Road and spread over a split level to make it easier for people with mobility problems.

It is open from 8am to 7pm and residents can take anything from their recycling to household waste, hard plastic and even asbestos.

Steve Scott, head of waste management at Lancashire County Council, said: “The decision to close four household waste recycling centres was made in the council’s recent budget to make the network more financially sustainable and to meet people’s need to recycle given the way waste management has changed with regular doorstep recycling.

“A review of the closure options is currently being conducted and consultation will be carried out before any decision is made.”