The weekly Saturday morning waste collection service in Stamford will be retained despite the closure of two tips elsewhere in Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire County Council has decided to close the household waste recyling sites at Leadenham and Whisby. These sites are owned and operated by FCC Environment on behalf of the council, but will close when their contracts end on Thursday.
But at the same meeting when this decision was made, county councillors David Brailsford (Con), representing Stamford West, and Robert Foulkes (UKIP), representing Stamford North, spoke out in support of retaining the waste collection service. It operates every Saturday morning between 9am and midday from the Cattle Market car park although residents will no longer be able to take green waste.
In a joint statement, Coun Brailsford and Coun Foulkes said: “We welcome the decision to retain the Saturday supplementary waste service for Stamford, taken by executive councillors at Lincolnshire County Council.
“We recognise how much this service is valued by residents of Stamford, and had both attended the environmental scrutiny committee on March 11 where we spoke out strongly in support of the service.
“Although the service will be reduced, residents will still be able to take their household waste to Stamford on Saturday.
“Green waste will no longer be collected, although the district council continues to provide this service.
We believe that this is a good outcome for local residents, especially in view of the current financial pressures facing the council.”
The council earmarked the tips in Whisby and Leadenham in the north of the county for closure as part of cost-cutting measures. The council needs to cut its overall spending by £170m over the next four years and is aiming to cut its annual waste and recycling budget by £400,000.
The council’s policy is to make sure that 95 per cent of residents are within a 12-mile radius of a recycling facility.
The council has also stopped offering recycling credits to voluntary and charity groups.
Meanwhile a new tip will open in Bourne on Friday next week, off South Fen Road. The contract with Bullimores, which runs the existing tip in Pinfold Road, has come to an end. It will close on Monday. The opening times will remain unchanged.