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Thursday, 30 July 2015

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Group is tasked to tackle recycling at Hensingham

A TASK group is being launched to tackle recycling issues at Hensingham Square.

By Sarah Robinson

Ongoing access problems to the recycling site, noise for neighbours, unsuitability and reports of rats were raised at a recent public meeting. Concerns about the site being in a conservation area were also raised.

The meeting, at St John’s Church Hall, was chaired by county councillor Mike Hawkins and attended by borough councillor Geoff Garrity and representatives from Cumbria County Council and Copeland Council.

Members of the community were given a presentation by Copeland’s officers and had the chance to discuss issues.

Coun Hawkins said: “It was a good meeting. Everyone had a say. It was a good debate.”

He said a task group will be formed and run through Copeland Council and community representatives.

“It’s good that Copeland is working with neighbours to come up with a solution that everyone can agree to,” he said.

Coun Hawkins said, through the county council’s local committee, he is going to allocate £4,200 to be spent on better access and signage for the recycling site. However, this has been put on hold to wait for an outcome by the task group.

Donna Bewsher, owner of Bewsher’s Fine Wines and Ales at Hensingham Square, attended the meeting representing elderly and vulnerable residents.

She said the recycling bins are in the wrong place, they are affecting the health and wellbeing of some very vulnerable residents and recently the recycling facility has turned into a commercial operation, housing 22 bins, which she says are “an absolute eyesore”.

The biggest issue is that Hensingham Square is in a conservation area, she said.

“Local authorities have a duty to preserve or enhance the conservation areas designated and Hensingham should be one of them, not trash it with 22 overflowing recycling bins.”

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