Re-opening of tip is delayed

Photo: David Hurst'County Councillor Sandra Perkins getting go ahead for Garstang tip behind the Brockholes pub on Garstang Road, to re-open
Photo: David Hurst'County Councillor Sandra Perkins getting go ahead for Garstang tip behind the Brockholes pub on Garstang Road, to re-open
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The long awaited reopening of Garstang’s former tip site has been delayed.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We had initially hoped to have the new Community Recycling and Reuse Centre open during June and we’re sorry that it’s taking a bit longer than expected.

“We’re currently at the stage of selecting a voluntary organisation to operate the reuse part of the service. The organisations we’re speaking to are due to get final proposals to us in the next week and we hope to appoint an organisation as soon as we can after this.

“In the meantime we’re doing as much as we can to prepare the site in readiness, it has been cleaned and cleared, lighting improved, and we are currently taking delivery of some of the containers and the steps to access skips.

“However, we need to establish how the organisation which will run the reuse centre wants to operate before making final arrangements.

“We know there’s demand for this new service and are working to open it as soon as possible – we’ll let people know more in the next few weeks.”

Garstang County Coun Sandra Perkins (pictured), who spearheaded the drive to reopen a disposal facility at Claughton, following the closure of its tip, said: “I’m very, disappointed at the delays.

The proposed opening date was April. I’m very disappointed on behalf of the people of Garstang at the delays that have taken place. I appreciate there has had to be some very careful negotiation with all the parties concerned.”

The nearest county council waste sites include Lytham, at Saltcote Road and Fleetwood, at Jameson Road.