UTTOXETER’S recycling centre is officially safe after it was revealed council chiefs are not considering it for closure.
Staffordshire County Council said the site in Pennycroft Lane is not being considered for closure at this time in its Household Waste Recycling Centre Review.
It was carried out as part of the authority’s budget planning process after council chiefs took the decision to review the network with the view of ‘rationalising provision’ throughout the county within the 2014/15 financial year where it would not have a detrimental effect on communities.
The council found a reduction in sites will lead to financial savings through reduced operating costs but said this would be balanced against the need to retain a network of facilities able to cope with demand and well placed.
The report states: “The relatively small site is situated at Pennycroft Lane and close to a housing estate. It has a throughput of approximately 2,800 tonnes per annum which smallest of all the household waste recycling centres.
“However, the site is located at a key population centre of approximately 14,000, with the nearest alternative household waste recycling centre some nine miles away in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
“Given the distance to the next nearest site is beyond what would be classed as recommended for a large population centre, closure of Uttoxeter is not considered for recommendation at this time.”
However, two of the council’s household waste and recycling centres were not so lucky as the sites in Biddulph and Burntwood are now being considered under the consultation process.
The council found the closure of these sites would result in a direct saving of £311,000 per annum.
Mark Winnington, the council’s cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, said: “In December 2013 there was a commitment by cabinet that household recycling centres would not be closed where there would be a detrimental effect on communities.
“We have a duty to ensure we are not only providing the facilities to enable people to access to appropriate infrastructure and services, but to provide value for money for every taxpayers’ pound we spend.”