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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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Council to shut recycling centre

A CONTROVERSIAL recycling site at Hensingham Square is to close.

Copeland Council says it has made “the difficult decision” in the wake of complaints from nearby residents.

It will not be replaced and comes at a time when there have been reductions in doorstep collections of recyclable materials such as plastic and cardboard.

But those who live in the vicinity will welcome the news as they made calls for its closure back in January when problems with rats and damage to cars in the adjacent car park came to a head.

The Hensingham site, has, says Copeland, become a victim of its own success. There is a regular state of overspill, despite more frequent emptying, prompting complaints. Residents are also unhappy about noise from the site, particularly glass dumping late at night.

Now the council will discuss what will happen to the land, with all options considered, including its sale.

There has been a recycling site in Hensingham Square since Copeland began recycling in the early 1990s. Originally it was on land at Beck Bottom but has been in its current location, adjacent to the main road, since 2003.

In recent years there has been a massive increase in the amount of recyclables brought to the site and also, in response to public demand, in the range of materials that can be recycled there.

To cope with demand the council increased the frequency of collections, and last year expanded the site. Council officers have also been working with a residents’ group to try to solve issues but have now accepted they could not all be overcome at an affordable cost.

Coun Peter Kane, portfolio holder, environment, said: “The loss of such a popular community facility is really disappointing and we know it will inconvenience regular users.

“We want people to know we tried long and hard to please everyone but found some of the issues simply unresolvable.

“ We hope they will instead use some of our 35 other recycling points, which take a range of materials.

“And of course around 95% of homes get our black box kerbside service for cans, paper and glass.”

The two nearest recycling sites are Copeland Pool and Morrisons supermarket. Full details are on the council’s website.

Other points are at: Cleator Moor Co-op; Distington Main Street car park; Egremont Chapel Street car park; Tesco; Cleator Main Street car park; Frizington Road car park; Pica Main Street car park; Seathwaite Avenue, Whitehaven.

Have your say

If people are interested in recycling they will go to the new site.
No one volunteered to have it moved next to em. The council increased collections but people just threw things on the ground at all hours. If people acted more appropriately then maybe?? The council are still looking for a site to replace it those who are disgusted phone in with your address. But let the rats know otherwise they'll be homeless.

Posted by Kriss on 6 August 2014 at 19:07

ill just stop recycling and put everything in my black bin from now on then.

Posted by martin rogers on 31 July 2014 at 23:48

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