Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Treorci Recycling Centre closure

What sort of message is Rhondda Cynon Taf council sending out by its decision to close the Treorci Community Recycling Centre?

As Plaid Cymru’s Assembly spokesperson on Sustainability, I’m appalled that residents have been left in limbo with some facing a 10- mile trip if they want to recycle bulky waste. I mentioned the closure in the Assembly yesterday.

There has been a lack of consultation with local members and the public and the timing of the decision on December 23 is suspicious.

Plaid members staged a demonstration against a decision to shut a facility before a replacement has been provided, whatever the site’s capacity shortcomings. The scheme for a replacement is on hold because of a funding shortfall and there is no indication when a new site will be opened.

It all goes to make the closure decision baffling and it is unacceptable to ask residents to drive 10 miles and may lead on to more fly-tipping.

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