Petition set up to open town recycling facilities

CLOSURE FEARS: John Aston at the Kidderminster recycling centre.

CLOSURE FEARS: John Aston at the Kidderminster recycling centre.

First published in Local Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by

CONCERNS have been raised that a recycling centre in Kidderminster closed for demolition works might not reopen.

Residents are fearful that the Kidderminster Household Recycling Centre could be shut for good after it was temporarily closed earlier this year.

Worcestershire County Council shut the site for four months so a nearby building could be knocked down but the work has yet to start.

People are currently having to use an alternative site in Minster Road, Stourport but there have been claims it has led to traffic chaos.

A worker at the Worcester Road recycling centre, who did not want to be named, said all staff were transferred to the Stourport facility but were concerned about the future of their jobs.

He said during a meeting on Tuesday last week, staff were told there would be a consultation on whether to reopen the site but the county council said it could not confirm whether a public consultation would take place at this stage.

“The majority of staff are concerned about it closing for good,” the worker told The Shuttle.

“I know from experience that the Stourport site will be unable to cope with the volume of people coming. During the weekend it’s difficult to get on the site.”

Independent Wyre Forest councillors Helen and Peter Dyke and John Aston are now setting up a peti - tion against any proposed closure.

They claim they have also heard rumours of a public consultation but residents have not been officially informed.

Mr Aston said: “We have been checking to see if the demolition has begun but nothing seems to be happening yet.

“Residents are still turning up regularly to take their rubbish, which proves there is a real need for the facility.

“If you have been up to the Stourport facility since Hoobrook has closed you will see the traffic problems this closure is causing and the idea that the county council will consider not opening again to save money is ridiculous.

“This cost-cutting exercise will just encourage more fly tipping, which will cost someone more in the long run.”

The councillors have sent the petition to homes in the Aggborough and Spennells area of Kidderminster so residents can have their views heard.

Mrs Dyke explained: “It would be good if the county council acknowledge the feeling against any proposed closure, demolish the building as soon as possible and return the facility to its full use.”

Conservative councillor Anthony Blagg, county council cabinet member for environment, said: “During this period of closure the county council will take the opportunity to consider future usage of this site.”

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2:58pm Fri 28 Mar 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

Yes, reopen it, but make the access safer. While at it, proactively engage in resolving the Lawarence site issues by adopting the site, so the council can benefit from the safe recycling of as much as possible, at the same time saving money on having no incinerator.
Yes, reopen it, but make the access safer. While at it, proactively engage in resolving the Lawarence site issues by adopting the site, so the council can benefit from the safe recycling of as much as possible, at the same time saving money on having no incinerator. DOEPUBLIC
  • Score: 1

5:06pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Grumpy Old Blogger says...

Sorry Doepublic, I did not understand your post. its about time our local councillors represented their constituents. I requested my councillor, Helen Dyke to supply me with information on the Hoo Brook site but she didn't know the answer. If our representatives cannot or will not find the answer why are they in post? If it is officials who have made the decision to close the site then they should be named and shamed!
Sorry Doepublic, I did not understand your post. its about time our local councillors represented their constituents. I requested my councillor, Helen Dyke to supply me with information on the Hoo Brook site but she didn't know the answer. If our representatives cannot or will not find the answer why are they in post? If it is officials who have made the decision to close the site then they should be named and shamed! Grumpy Old Blogger
  • Score: 3

10:58pm Fri 28 Mar 14

pottery1 says...

I cannot remember being asked any question on the recycling centre that I didnt answer to the best of my ability but as you don't give your real name I cannot check my records. This is the whole point of the petition, no one can find out the whole truth from the County Council. As a District Councillor I have included any information I have been able to find out since its closure in the regular editions of our monthly Newsletter.
Unfortunately there is a County Council dictate that County Council Officers only have to report to County Councillors so they do not communicate with me or other District Councillors if they can help it. If you would like to contact me in the normal way I would only be too happy to share any information I have managed to drag out kicking and screaming from the County Council.

Cllr Helen Dyke
I cannot remember being asked any question on the recycling centre that I didnt answer to the best of my ability but as you don't give your real name I cannot check my records. This is the whole point of the petition, no one can find out the whole truth from the County Council. As a District Councillor I have included any information I have been able to find out since its closure in the regular editions of our monthly Newsletter. Unfortunately there is a County Council dictate that County Council Officers only have to report to County Councillors so they do not communicate with me or other District Councillors if they can help it. If you would like to contact me in the normal way I would only be too happy to share any information I have managed to drag out kicking and screaming from the County Council. Cllr Helen Dyke pottery1
  • Score: 3

1:24am Sat 29 Mar 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

Grumpy Old Blogger wrote:
Sorry Doepublic, I did not understand your post. its about time our local councillors represented their constituents. I requested my councillor, Helen Dyke to supply me with information on the Hoo Brook site but she didn't know the answer. If our representatives cannot or will not find the answer why are they in post? If it is officials who have made the decision to close the site then they should be named and shamed!
Sorry, if it wasn't clear. Yes, support the petition, improve access to the site and see recycling as a growth area noting the demands on present capacity.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy Old Blogger[/bold] wrote: Sorry Doepublic, I did not understand your post. its about time our local councillors represented their constituents. I requested my councillor, Helen Dyke to supply me with information on the Hoo Brook site but she didn't know the answer. If our representatives cannot or will not find the answer why are they in post? If it is officials who have made the decision to close the site then they should be named and shamed![/p][/quote]Sorry, if it wasn't clear. Yes, support the petition, improve access to the site and see recycling as a growth area noting the demands on present capacity. DOEPUBLIC
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Sun 30 Mar 14

SOS lad says...

These sites are run by Severn Waste Services and not the Council, they have a 25 year contract with the council, so are they contractually obliged to maintain a service and that includes keeping these waste sites open, after all we are paying for this service.
These sites are run by Severn Waste Services and not the Council, they have a 25 year contract with the council, so are they contractually obliged to maintain a service and that includes keeping these waste sites open, after all we are paying for this service. SOS lad
  • Score: 7

11:30pm Sun 30 Mar 14

gypsyman1 says...

yea let kidderminster have a bit more of the **** people of kiddy have been putting there **** in stourport for to long if it was stourport people tipping in kiddy omg there would be murders about it its about time kiddy looked after its own **** ]
yea let kidderminster have a bit more of the **** people of kiddy have been putting there **** in stourport for to long if it was stourport people tipping in kiddy omg there would be murders about it its about time kiddy looked after its own **** ] gypsyman1
  • Score: -10

5:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Grumpy Old Blogger says...

Where do I find a petition to sign? We need Hoobrook to re-open ASAP.

I will try my councillor again and hope to get a reply
Where do I find a petition to sign? We need Hoobrook to re-open ASAP. I will try my councillor again and hope to get a reply Grumpy Old Blogger
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Thu 3 Apr 14

racerroy says...

Surely allowing this site to be closed is going to loose revenue for the Council from the company who operate from there, I fully understand and accept closure for safety reasons while the building is being demolished but saying the council can't afford to reopen is beyond belief as it is a source of income not an expense to the council, isn't it!!!
Surely allowing this site to be closed is going to loose revenue for the Council from the company who operate from there, I fully understand and accept closure for safety reasons while the building is being demolished but saying the council can't afford to reopen is beyond belief as it is a source of income not an expense to the council, isn't it!!! racerroy
  • Score: 2

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