Waste consultation time extended

TIME is running out for people to have their say on proposed changes to household waste recycling centres.

Under the plans, the centre at Thornley could be one of six County Durham sites to close, while Horden’s would remain open.

Peterlee town councillor Ted Hall appeared in the Hartlepool Mail last week voicing concerns that closure of the Thornley site could lead to increases in fly-tipping.

A Durham County Council-led public consultation exercise has been ongoing since October.

So far, 565 people have responded but the council says it is important that as many people as possible offer their views and the response time has been extended.

The council, which needs to make savings of £145.8m over the next five years, currently operates 15 household waste recycling centres, which council chiefs is significantly more than many other local authorities.

In addition, they say in some cases residents are within easy travel distance of a number of recycling centres, whilst in some very rural areas there may be extremely limited access.

The consultation will close on Friday, January 20.

People can take part via their local Area Action Partnership (AAP) or at www.durham.gov.uk/consultation

Residents wanting further information on the consultation can call (0191) 3835674.