Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Reprieve for recycling centre

A HOUSEHOLD waste recycling centre threatened with closure is set for a reprieve.

A HOUSEHOLD waste recycling centre threatened with closure is set for a reprieve.

Oxfordshire County Council was considering shutting the site at Oakley Wood, near Ewelme, and up to three others out of seven across the county as part of plans to make savings of £350,000.

But following opposition from householders, councillors and Henley MP John Howell, the council?s officers have advised delaying a decision.

They say more studies into future demand are needed and that a ?phased approach? should be taken as well as considering alternatives such as wider range of materials being allowed in kerbside collections.

The nearest alternative to Oakley Wood for Henley residents is at Drayton, near Abingdon, a round trip of 46 miles. David Bartholomew, county councillor for Sonning Common division, said: ?It?s unlikely that any changes will be made to existing waste recycling sites within the next three or four years.

?Officers accept that predicted demand from housing growth should be taken into account, not just demand from existing settlements.

?Having looked at all the evidence, it?s now clear that to take a decision at this stage would be premature. This is potentially very good news. It?s subject to cabinet acceptance but I?m hopeful that members will agree.?

The county council held a public consultation on its plans in the autumn and received almost 3,000 replies, mostly opposed to the closure plans.

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