A HOUSEHOLD waste recycling centre that was threatened with closure could be expanded.
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 now the council’s cabinet has accepted officers’ recommendations to instead keep all sites open and consider ways of making them more cost-effective.
This could include extending Oakley Wood to accept commercial waste for which a fee would be introduced.
Other ideas include Â allowing a wider range of materials in residents’ kerbside collections.
Oakley Wood’s opening hours could also be reduced to save money.
An assessment of the likely future demand will also be made.
Henley’s county councillor David Nimmo Smith said he was pleased that the centre had been saved.
He added: “We’re still looking at other ways of saving money and making best use of the space.”
The closure plan went to public consultation in the autumn and met strong opposition from residents, local councils and Henley MP John Howell.
The nearest alternative to Oakley Wood for residents in the Henley area would have been Drayton, near Abingdon, a 46-mile round trip from the town.