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HWRCs saved from closure after protests

Two household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in Scotland have been saved from closure following public protests.

Angus Council’s communities committee had been recommended to close five of its seven centres, with food and garden waste collections also being affected, in an attempt to save money.

Councillors deferred their decision on the HWRCs in April while proceeding with the other cutbacks, but has now agreed to close only three.

Previously threatened with closure, Brechin and Carnoustie will remain open four days a week, with arrangements being made for the latter to open an extra day.

Sites at Kirriemuir, Forfar and Monifieth will close as part the council’s plan to save £250,000 from its recycling centre service provision. A new centre will be built to replace the Kirriemuir and Forfar centres.

The council previously announced it would introduce an annual £25 charge for previously free garden waste collections and agreed to scrap food waste collections in rural areas.

Communities convener Donald Morrison said: “The council has already agreed to take the year-on-year saving of £250,000 at our budget in February, and the effect of this is stark and shows the reality of austerity beginning to bite hard on local government, with a further near £40m package of savings needed to be found in the next four years.”

Members also agreed Morrison’s amendment that Angus Council officers and officials work with colleagues at Dundee City Council to agree a shared services arrangement that would allow Angus residents to access the recycling centre at Baldovie, Dundee.

Community group Save Angus Recycling Centres had organised protests at HWRCs including Carnoustie (pictured) since the proposals were put forward.

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