Recycling Changes

Changes will be made to recycling centres opening hours

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet has agreed proposals to help balance its budget by changing the opening times and days of recycling centres.

All 15 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will still be open at the busiest times including weekends and bank holidays, but six of the quieter sites will only open 5 days a week.

The opening hours of all recycling centres will be changed to 9am – 5pm all year round. Currently they are open from 8am to 7pm in summer, and 8am to 5pm during the winter, however surveys show that visitor numbers are relatively low at either end of the day.

The sites at Barnoldswick, Burscough, Carnforth, Clitheroe, Haslingden and Longridge will close two days during the week excluding Friday, as this is often the busiest weekday leading into the weekend.

A report to the cabinet outlined the results of public consultation on the changes to opening hours. Responses were mixed, with support for, or indifference to, the changes being roughly equal to those that disagree with them.

In a change to the original proposals Skelmersdale HWRC will remain open seven days a week. It had been proposed that the Skelmersdale site also open five days a week on the basis that there is another site in West Lancashire at Burscough, however it was accepted that the Skelmersdale site is significantly busier, receiving much more waste than other sites which were due to move to five day opening.

Feedback received during the consultation also led to a new recommendation ensuring that all sites will open on Bank Holidays, even if a facility’s normal closure day is a Monday.

The report to cabinet also addressed concerns that reducing availability of the recycling centres would lead to increased fly tipping. It states that most fly tipping is carried out by unscrupulous businesses which do not want to pay for their waste to be disposed of properly. There has been no evidence of fly tipping having increased when Lancashire recycling centres had been closed in the past as the majority of residents care for their local environment and would not risk criminal penalties for fly tipping.

The changes are due to be implemented from 1 October 2019.

Janine Lund
Waste Management Group
Lancashire County Council
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Whittington Windows Upgrade Grant

Whittington Village Hall
Charity No. 521355 –
Environmental Body 410725

Whittington Village Hall are pleased to be able to announce that they have been awarded a grant of £988 (Ex VAT), by the Lancashire Environmental Fund, in respect of the provision of new modern, double glazed windows to be fitted in the supper room.

The existing windows were installed when the building was constructed and the new windows aim to improve thermal efficiency in the supper room, which is the part of the Village Hall most used by the community, and includes the Bar. Villagers look forward to a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the renovated facility.

John Keegan

Gerald’s May 2019 Musings

The swallows have arrived. There have been two sightings reported, both on 13 April, one on Locka Lane at Arkholme and one on Main Street Whittington. I just hope that there are many more on the way.

My old school friend and neighbour Jeffery Buckley has died. We both grew up in the cottages on Storrs Hill. We played together, went to school together, and worked on the farm at Storrs Gate in the summer holidays. As teenagers, we went on holiday to Butlins at Filey and had a wonderful time there.

When Jeff left school he worked for Joe Armer at Lodge Farm at Gressingham. He returned to live in the village and worked at Borransafter he married his wife Mary. They eventually bought a house at Crag Bank. Jeff started working for United Utilities and trained as a part time fireman. In his leisure time, he took up bowling and played for Carnforth for a number of years until ill-health made him give up the game.

Jeff’s father Charles was probably the last proper roadman that I can remember. His remit was to maintain the road and the roadside verges from Sunny Bank to the County Boundary at Kirkby Lonsdale. For this job, he was provided with a brush and shovel, a wheelbarrow, a pick, a scythe, a sickle, and a scoop to clear the drains. There was no protective clothing, no transport, and no warning signs. The grass was always neatly trimmed. There were no blocked drains and no litter. What a difference from today. In winter he would be spreading ashes on the icy stretches. It is a long way to wheel a wheelbarrow and spread grit all that distance. Just think about it as you sit in your comfortable car.

My good friend Denis Westmorland is not only a talented musician and songwriter but a very good photographer as well. You can see some of his works on the Denis Westmorland web site. He has just recently finished a DVD featuring Kirkby Lonsdale, and last week he asked me to walk around Whittington with him, pointing out the interesting houses and features. So do not be alarmed if you see two men stood on your drive taking photographs.

Your house might just be the star on his next DVD. Denis will also take his projector and screen and show his large collection of pictures to any group who are interested in seeing them