Councillors to vote on Burntwood tip closure consultation

County councillors are set to vote on a consultation over plans to close Burntwood’s tip.

The recycling centre is one of two sites earmarked for closure as part of proposals to save £310,000.

Staffordshire County Council needs to find £19.3million of savings to balance the books and now councillors will vote on April 16 about launching a consultation over the plans.

Burntwood Household Recycling Centre

Burntwood Household Recycling Centre

Cllr Mark Winnington, cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, said: “It is really important that Staffordshire people have access to quality facilities to recycle their waste and in the autumn we struck a new deal with a waste operator to provide better facilities at our sites and deliver a saving for local taxpayers.

“However, we need to continually review operations across the county council to make sure we spend every penny of taxpayers’ money where it is needed most, and on people’s priorities.

“Demand for services such as adult social care and safeguarding vulnerable children continues to rise, and our income is falling, so we need to find ways to make savings with as little impact on Staffordshire people as possible.”

The possible closure follows a recent review of the 14 household waste recycling sites across the county. Factors examined included visitor numbers, proximity to other sites and nearby population figures.

Cllr Winnington added: “This review concluded that closing the sites at Biddulph and Burntwood would have the lowest impact in comparison to other sites.

“While we appreciate this proposal would lead to slightly longer trips for people on those occasions when they do need to dispose of their bulky waste, facilities and opening hours would be extended at other sites allowing people to take more types of waste and visit at a time that suits them.

“If cabinet agrees to launch the consultation, we will be asking local people for their views to understand what impact the proposed changes would have.”

The council says the changes will coincide with extended winter opening hours on all remaining sites and a standard approach introduced to accepting carpets, mattresses and certain plastics.

The recycling centre at Cannock would also open seven days a week if the Burntwood closure went ahead.

An eight-week consultation on the proposals would begin on April 28 if approved at the cabinet meeting.

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7 Comments

  1. Sue Woodward

    8th April, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    It’s disgraceful that, when the new contract for running the sites went ahead last summer, we as County Councillors were given assurances of an improved service. Nothing said then about a so-called review – not even to members. This has come out of the blue and is the THIRD time it has been tried. Let’s hope people-power as well as proper consideration of the impacts of such a proposal will win the day again.

  2. George White

    8th April, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    This tip must be kept open. Burntwood is too large a conurbation to be left without such facilities. Closing the tip will encourage fly tipping as folks will not have the tie to travel to find an alternative.

  3. Rob Fitzmaurice

    8th April, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Burntwood Tip Definitely needs to be kept open, we run Midland plumbing supplies on the Ryecroft Shopping Centre and frequently have unwanted items dumped around the back of the shops, closing Burntwood Tip would simply encourage that to happen even more in our opinion, KEEP IT OPEN !

  4. Darren Ennis

    8th April, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Just a normal example of Cut now and pay more later! Who pays for the fly tipping to be cleaned up? The Council! Who services all the complaints of too much rubbish? The Council! Also forget the fact as mentioned the increase in population with the new housing development (Up for discussion at Burntwood Library on the 10th).

  5. Sue Woodward

    9th April, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Very good point, Darren. I’ll refer to that in the forthcoming debates. More residents, more rubbish generated, more need for a facility like this.

  6. Stephen Hulse

    12th April, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Another case of short sighted Tory money saving ways, costing far more in fly tipping problems for another department to sort out .As usual its always Burntwood that suffers

  7. M T McNally

    13th April, 2014 at 8:27 am

    More shortsighted decision making by those in their ivory towers.On my walks around Burntwood I see a considerable amount of fly tipping this decision will only exacerbate the problem, old fridges releasing Cfc gases etc.We are encouraged to reduce our carbon footprint travelling further and sitting in longer queues is not going to help.Burntwood is a large conurbation and must have its own recycle centre