Campaigners who were left furious after a tip was closed down have today welcomed plans to re-open a community recycling centre on the site.
The Save the Tip In Garstang group - STING - was formed four years ago in a bid to fight the closure of the household waste recycling centre at nearby Claughton-on-Brock.
But the residents failed in their bid to get the then Conservative run Lancashire County Council to change its mind and the tip closed two years ago, amid warnings it would lead to an increase in fly-tipping. But now, the Labour-run county council, following lobbying by the county councillor for Garstang Sandra Perkins, has decided to open a community recycling centre at Claughton.
The centre will be open for four days a week, rather than the seven days a week of the former tip. And unlike the previous operation it will not take rubble.
Claughton resident Robert Lobell, who leads the STING group, said: “It is great that Garstang and district will be getting this facility even if it is not exactly the same as the one that was closed.
“It will not be just a dump where you can take anything but is much more a facility for both recycling and, importantly, re-use of surplus materials.
“Waste, such as builders’ rubble, is not really normal household waste in any case.
“There is still the option to take such kinds of material to a regular household waste centre, say in Preston.
“This is acceptable where the production of such type of waste is more a ‘one off’ rather than a recurring activity – unless you are a builder.”
Mr Lobell also welcomed the stress on re-use and recycling at the new-look centre.
“The reuse elements (shop and workshop) of the new Garstang facility are the completely new - we have not had them before - and they have been included as a result of extensive local lobbying.
“We will have the first such facility in Lancashire containing these elements. This is a definite plus point.
“It is definitely a good thing of which we can be proud.”
The community recycling centre will open this spring, with more details about its operation being released nearer the time. It will be run by an as yet unnamed organisation based in Wyre working with the county council.