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Popular Orrell recycling centre closed in Wigan WN5

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Orrell Recycling Centre was closed at the beginning of March, as part of council cuts. This is in spite of a campaign to keep it open.

From Wigan today:

“A last-ditch petition to keep it open from Orrell Conservative Coun Richard Clayton wasn’t enough to prolong its life and yesterday the centre finally closed.

It had been given a short reprieve, initially set to close on January 31, it was allowed to stay open until yesterday.

Coun Clayton, who has been against its closure from the off, collected more than 6,000 signatures in his petition to keep the Recycling Centre open, but Wigan Council yesterday confirmed that they weren’t prepared to keep it open any longer.

Coun Kevin Anderson, Cabinet member for the Environment, said: “We can confirm that Orrell Household Waste Recycling Centre will close permanently as of Thursday March 1.

“It is a difficult decision but one that we have had to take due to the difficult financial times we are facing.”

Coun Clayton said he was “desperately disappointed“ by the decision but revealed he still hadn’t given up hope of it re-opening in the future.

“The gates may have closed now but that’s not to say they can’t ever re-open in the future,” he said.

“I’m very upset but I’m still going to try my best to get it re-opened.

“I’m hoping that over the next few weeks, we can address the issue and possibly re-open it in the future.

“It’s not dead in the water until it has been ripped apart.”

Coun Clayton has spent the last month obtaining 6,112 signatures for his petition.

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