Councillors concern as no evidence shown for recycling centre cuts
Date: 18/06/2012. Story submitted by: ShaffaqM Lib Dem
The Leader of Sheffield’s Lib Dems has written to Labour Council Leader Julie Dore asking that she reconsiders the council’s "favoured areas" policy for siting recycling centres.
Coun Shaffaq Mohammed wants the council to reconsider cuts in recycling centre opening hours.
He says that the recycling centre on Blackstock Road in Gleadless will be closed three days-a-week under council proposals.
However, the Longley Avenue site in Shirecliffe, one of Labour’s ‘favoured areas’, according to the Lib Dems, is the only centre to remain open seven days a week.
The Lib Dems say the decision on opening hours was not taken on any evidence and the council does not in fact have any data about the average use of the city’s five main recycling sites.
Describing the cuts to opening hours, combined with the switch to fortnightly bin collections, as a “recipe for disaster”, Cllr Mohammed said: “What will be most shocking to local people is that recycling centres in Labour’s favoured areas aren’t seeing a reduction at all.
“I’ve asked Labour’s Council Leader to re-consider these plans, otherwise we could see fly-tipping and litter-dumping become a real problem across the city.”
Address: Blackstock Road Sheffield S14 1FY
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