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Council defers decision to close five HWRCs

A Scottish council has deferred its decision to close five recycling centres after public protests while proceeding with other cutbacks.

Angus Council’s communities committee had been recommended to back a shake-up of the borough’s services, with food and garden waste collections also affected, in an attempt to save money.

But at a meeting on 12 April the committee voted to defer the recommended closure of Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Monifieth household waste recycling centres (HWRCs), put forward by regulatory and protective services head Stewart Ball.

Community group ’Save Angus Recycling Centres’ had organised protests at the meeting (see The Courier video below) as well as HWRCs including Carnoustie (pictured) since the proposals were put forward.

The council said another report will now be produced to explore other options to save the £258,000 it estimated to save from closing the centres. Communities convener Donald Morrison said an elected members briefing would be arranged to discuss this.

Meanwhile, the council proceeded with its plan to introduce an annual £25 charge for previously free garden waste collections and agreed to scrap food waste collections in rural areas.

A spokesperson said: “In the current financial climate, the council has to make difficult decisions but is committed to still providing services for the residents of Angus.

“It was agreed to introduce a charge of £1 per week per bin during the growing season for garden waste as opposed to simply stopping the service.

“The new service will be an opt-in service and is estimated to save taxpayers £378,000 a year. Members also agreed to close five unmanned toilet facilities at a saving of £60,000.

“There will also be changes to the non-statutory food waste collection service as members agreed that the food waste collection is no longer economically sustainable for non-statutory areas and will only be provided to households in towns and larger villages.”

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