Fenland District Council vows to fight to keep three recycling centres open but says decision is in county council’s hands

Wisbech recycling centre.

Wisbech recycling centre. - Credit: Archant

A council says it will do all it can to keep Fenland’s three recycling centres, which are threatened with closure, open.

Cambridgeshire County Council has launched a consultation, which will run until September 26, over the future of its nine household recycling sites as it looks to make £149 million in budget savings over the next five years.

Fenland’s three recycling centres are in March, Wisbech and Whittlesey. The Whittlesey centre, alongside Thriplow and Neots, has the lowest footfall.

Other proposals include reducing sites’ weekday opening hours and opening days or charging for certain types of waste such as hardcore and plasterboard.

Addressing full council, Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: “In Fenland we are dead against the closure of the recycling plants, but Cambridgeshire County Council run the centres so it’s up to them.

“The county council has not said for definite they will close our sites. They might alter the hours they are open or charge for certain things.

“I urge everyone who uses our three sites to take the opportunity to express their views on all the proposals. It is vital that Fenland’s voice is heard and taken fully into account when decisions on any changes are made.”

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To have your say, visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentreservice. To get a paper form, call the county council on 01223 715459.