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Councillor pleased after Burntwood tip investigation is confirmed

recyclingA councillor is celebrating after Lichfield District Council agreed to investigate the future of Burntwood’s tip.

Labour Group Leader Steve Norman (Lab, Summerfield) returned to the opposition front bench following the decision by Chasetown Independent councillor John Emery’s recent resignation from the Liberal Democrat and Independent Alliance.

And he claims the decision to agree to look into the future of the Burntwood Household Waste and Recycling Centre – which has been earmarked for closure by Staffordshire County Council – is an “early victory”.

He said:

“I was actually quite shocked that the Chairman of the People and Partnerships (Overview and Scrutiny) Committee had not even considered putting the proposed closure of the Centre on the forward plan to be investigated.

“However he came up to me at the end of the meeting and promised it would be on their agenda for their September meeting.

“I have to say it’s been quite depressing how quiet Lichfield District Council has been over this big issue for Burntwood.”

Burntwood’s tip has had a stay of execution following an original plan to close the site on July 5. Pressure from local councillors and residents has led to Staffordshire County Council ordering a full report on facilities across the region.

As well as being pleased with the news on the tip, Cllr Norman admitted it was good to be back on the “front bench” to face his Conservative colleagues.

He explained:

“As my deputy, Cllr Don Isaacs, said – this is what the voters in 2008 actually voted for. I said to the Conservative front bench that it was good to see the whites of their eyes again!”

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