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Nottinghamshire County Council accused of broken promise over recycling centre plans

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The county council has been accused of breaking a historic promise as progress stalls over a new recycling centre.

Francis Purdue-Horan, an independent county councillor for Bingham, has accused the authority of making no progress whatsoever on the opening a new centre in Rushcliffe near Cotgrave.

It comes after the county council announced a review of its 12 centres, which didn’t details of plans for one near Cotgrave.

Councillor Francis Purdue-Horan. (42954350)
Councillor Francis Purdue-Horan. (42954350)

Mr Purdue-Horan, who represents Bingham East, said: “The council has repeatedly stated progress has been made — but this is patently not true. They’ve not even put in the planning application.

“The much-anticipated new recycling centre in Rushcliffe, to replace one closed near Langar, was promised in the Conservative county election manifesto in 2017.

“People in Rushcliffe are fed up of excuses.

“For some, in villages like Orston, they face a two-hour round trip to West Bridgford just get rid of their excess waste, only to be potentially sat in queues.

“Fly-tipping has been a major issue in our villages and residents quite rightly feel betrayed by a county council full of promises who are failing to deliver.”

Neil Clarke, chairman of transport and environment committee at the county council, said: “In anticipation of the forthcoming requirements of the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy and the associated Environment Act, Nottinghamshire County Council is currently carrying out a strategic review of the county’s entire recycling network.

“The National Resources and Waste Strategy and the Environment Act include proposals which will change and increase the range and amount of material collected at the kerbside.

“Our strategic review will enable us to ensure that the facilities we provide are in the best possible locations with enough capacity to serve residents, especially in light of the new communities that are emerging across the county.

“Therefore, the plans for the proposed recycling centre at Cotgrave are currently paused until we have the results of our strategic review.”

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