Challenge to Garstang recycling centre closure decision

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A CHALLENGE has been mounted to a decision by Lancashire County Council to close Garstang recycling centre.

Five councillors in County Hall “called in” the decision to shut the centre, along with others in Great Harwood, Bacup and Colne.

It means the decision was put on hold and was due to go before the council’s scrutiny committee yesterday, Wednesday.

Coun Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of the Conservative-led council, said the closures would save the authority £520,000 and were “to protect our highest priority services to vulnerable people.”

The letter requesting that the decision to close four centres be called in was supported by Conservative county councillors Malcolm Barron, Michael Devaney, Michael Green, Mark Perks and Valerie Wilson.

The four sites are set to close from March 19, with staff remaining on site until the end of April 1 depending on the findings of the scrutiny committee.

For the full story see the Lancaster Guardian on December 22.