Consultation set to be held on recycling centre

Kidderminster Shuttle: Consultation set to be held on recycling centre Consultation set to be held on recycling centre

A PUBLIC consultation is to be held later this year into the future of a Kidderminster recycling facility at the centre of closure rumours.

Worcestershire County Council said it would be carrying out a full examination and consultation as it considers the future of the Kidderminster Household Recycling Centre (HRC) – just two weeks after telling The Shuttle it could not confirm whether a consultation would take place.

The Worcester Road facility has been shut since January so a building, which contains asbestos, can be demolished, but work has been delayed as the requirements for safe removal of the cement- bonded material is more complex than first thought. It is expected to be completed in August.

Fears have been growing the centre might not re-open following speculation the authority would be holding the consultation on whether or not to close it.

It is rumoured three options could be on the table – carry out the work on the building and use that space so the site can accept more materials, close the site or re-open it without additional space.

Council bosses said they would be developing a business case to consider options.

Independent Wyre Forest councillor Helen Dyke said there was no “comfort” in what the authority had said, however, adding there was still suspicion about whether the facility would reopen.

“The response from the county council doesn’t satisfy people’s concerns,” she added.

Conservative Anthony Blagg, county council cabinet member for environment, explained: ““Residents are being encouraged to take advantage of the facilities on offer at the nearby Stourport Household Recycling Centre.

“While this programme of works at Kidderminster takes place we are taking the opportunity to conduct a thorough review, which will take in a number of things, including safety, capacity and customer experience.

“It’s important to stress that no decisions have been taken at this stage.”

Mrs Dyke along with fellow Independent councillors Peter Dyke and John Aston are delivering petitions to homes in Aggborough and Spennells.

She said the response so far was “one of the best we have ever had to any issue”, adding: “Some of the responses say they’ve seen more fly-tipping. People are really concerned.”

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1:14pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Shibdrift says...

Aaaah yes, a public consultation. Isn't that where the councils pretends to listen, ignores everyone and does what it was going to do in the first place?

As for - "Conservative Anthony Blagg, county council cabinet member for environment, explained: ““Residents are being encouraged to take advantage of the facilities on offer at the nearby Stourport Household Recycling Centre".
That will be the nearby facility that - we have to drive miles to reach (burning fuel), queue for ages to get into (burning fuel), queue inside waiting our turn (burning fuel), drive back home from (burning fuel). He's obviously well into reducing carbon emmissions, reducing traffic on the roads and making full use of local facilities is that muppet!!
We can all take real advantage of that, can't we.
When these people get up in a morning, exactly what planet do they think they are on?!
Aaaah yes, a public consultation. Isn't that where the councils pretends to listen, ignores everyone and does what it was going to do in the first place? As for - "Conservative Anthony Blagg, county council cabinet member for environment, explained: ““Residents are being encouraged to take advantage of the facilities on offer at the nearby Stourport Household Recycling Centre". That will be the nearby facility that - we have to drive miles to reach (burning fuel), queue for ages to get into (burning fuel), queue inside waiting our turn (burning fuel), drive back home from (burning fuel). He's obviously well into reducing carbon emmissions, reducing traffic on the roads and making full use of local facilities is that muppet!! We can all take real advantage of that, can't we. When these people get up in a morning, exactly what planet do they think they are on?! Shibdrift
  • Score: 16

2:34pm Thu 17 Apr 14

SOS lad says...

And when you get into the Stourport Recycling Centre the attendants do nothing to help reduce the queues, they could at least help some of the elderly people to empty their cars.
And when you get into the Stourport Recycling Centre the attendants do nothing to help reduce the queues, they could at least help some of the elderly people to empty their cars. SOS lad
  • Score: 10

12:09pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Mrtb21 says...

I imagine that Mr Blagg has never even been to the site as he lives in Rubery, lets put pressure on the County Council to give us a proper consultation at the town hall so those on the internet can have a say.
Facebook page Reopen Hoobrook Tip like the page so we can put it to the county council along with paper petitions doing the rounds
I imagine that Mr Blagg has never even been to the site as he lives in Rubery, lets put pressure on the County Council to give us a proper consultation at the town hall so those on the internet can have a say. Facebook page Reopen Hoobrook Tip like the page so we can put it to the county council along with paper petitions doing the rounds Mrtb21
  • Score: 7

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