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New report ordered on decision to close Burntwood tip

Plans to be close Burntwood’s tip have been put on ice pending a new report into facilities across the region.

The decision to close the Burntwood Household Waste and Recycling Centre was discussed at a meeting of Staffordshire County Council’s Corporate Review Committee.

A vote on whether to debate the plans at a full council meeting or order a more detailed examination of the decision was split and it was left to the chairman of the council to issue the casting vote.

As a result a small group will now look at waste sites and facilities across Staffordshire and report back to the council – meaning the decision to close Burntwood has now been put on ice.

The man behind the planned closure – Conservative councillor Robert Marshall – came under fire over the lack of consultation about the proposal. But he admitted that “there was no point because I know what residents and local councillors would say”.

Former Labour county councillor Steve Norman went to the meeting and admits he is pleased to see the decision being given more thought.

He explained:

“The chairman’s casting vote ensured proper examination of the proposal and consultation with residents, and the county’s partners in waste management will now be carried out.  I believe that if it had gone to the full council has it had a right to do because of the size of the petition then it would have been closed under the Conservative whip.

“The chairman, Alan White, who had the advantage of being a former Chairman of the County’s Waste Management Board when he was the District Council’s Cabinet member for waste, was forensic in his questions and ensured his Cabinet colleague councillor Marshall painted himself into a corner he couldn’t get out of.”

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