Call for recycling re-think

Forfar Recycling Centre.
Forfar Recycling Centre.

Proposals for the future of Angus Council’s recycling centres were badly thought-out and should be reconsidered, a local campaigner has said.

As protests against the suggested closure and restructuring of recycling centres broke out across the county this week, Eleanor Feltham, of the Padanaram Action Group, said the local authority was making budget cuts in the wrong areas.

Councillors were this week asked to consider a report recommending the closure of centres in Forfar, Kirriemuir, Brechin, Carnoustie and Monifieth in order to help cut the budget.

As revealed earlier this year, the council proposed to consolidate the Forfar and Kirriemuir centres into one, with a suggested location at Padanaram which residents have opposed.

Arbroath and Montrose’s recycling centres would also be improved. The number of centres would be reduced from seven to three.

But at the council’s communities committee meeting this week, members agreed to defer the propsals until the next meeting and after they had the opportunity to be appraised of all options.

Mrs Feltham said: “I think this has raised the profile of Padanaram slightly.

“We are in the opposite position to places that are closing – they have sites that they want to retain while we don’t have one and don’t want one.

“This has collectively raised the issue of the whole Angus Council provision and I think the whole thing has been ill-thought out.

“I think people realise that cuts have to be made, but they seem to be cutting at the front end of services when they should be looking at other places.”

Mrs Feltham added that she has concerns that reducing and moving facilities could lead to an increase in fly-tipping by people unwilling to travel extra distances.

She continued: “There’s already fly-tipping in Padanaram so that could spread through the whole area of Angus and that is a concern.”

The plans have prompted the establishment of an online petition and Facebook page, Save Angus Recycling Centres.