Bid to revive town tip

Coun Tony Ford

Coun Tony Ford

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CAMPAIGNERS are bidding to force a council U-turn and secure the future of a town tip.

County Hall controversially axed St Annes tip last month, but protestors are calling on the council to reverse the decision and give the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) a lifeline.

Coun Tony Ford wants to see bosses charge residents to use the Everest Road facility, a proposal that has been successful in other areas like Somerset.

Protest

He said: “More than 60 protestors turned up at the gates on its last day.

“While it was a good natured protest designed to highlight its closure nevertheless it was a notable indication of how unhappy local residents are with the closure.”

The tip was closed as part of county council cost-cutting measures, and left Lytham’s Saltcotes Road HWRC as Fylde’s only tip.

Locl resident Bob Dagnall, who lives on St David’s Road North, said: “I think it’s a very good idea and I’m sure people would pay.”

And Arnold Sumner, of Dorset Road, added: “It would be up to the people of Blackpool and St Annes to decide whether they want to pay that small charge or drive on to the Lytham tip.”

But Fylde’s Council leader David Eaves, who campaigned to save the tip, does not believe in charging.

He said: “Residents will have seen criticism in the national press with regard to councils who have implemented this system.”

Lancashire County Council said there are no plans to re-open any of the facilities.

County Coun Tim Ashton, portfolio holder for highways and transport, added: “There are potential legal challenges, it’s creating a postcode lottery – and Lancashire County Council can’t be seen to charge one area and not another.”