Call for options during waste centre closure

Waste recycling plant at Halifax Road, Todmorden. Picture: Google Earth
Waste recycling plant at Halifax Road, Todmorden. Picture: Google Earth

An upper Calder Valley councillor is calling for alternative rubbish disposal arrangements to be put in place to prevent flytipping.

Calder ward councillor Janet Battye said there is growing concern and impatience with the apparent lack of alternative arrangements for people to dispose of rubbish while the Eastwood Household Waste Recycling Centre is closed for refurbishment for six months.

She is calling for alternative premises to be set up between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge during the closure.

“As soon as it became clear that the work is going ahead, I started to ask about alternative arrangements, Coun Battye said.

“Officers told me that it was difficult to do both because they couldn’t find alternative sites and also because of the technical permissions they have to make – I think that they need a licence from the Environment Agency.

“Local people are getting increasingly worried about this.”

Coun Battye believes it is too much to ask people to travel to other centres such as Halifax and Brighouse.

“That’s just too far,” she said. “There’s a real danger that there’ll be more flytipping.

“We need somewhere in the upper valley, preferably between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.”

Ideas put forward at a recent ward forum included using space on Bramsche Square, Todmorden, and adding extra skips at the town’s Morrison’s supermarket.

“It’s a good opportunity to try something different – like using a local community group for green waste, having a pilot of street-end recycling bins,” she said.

“I keep asking about arrangements but nothing’s forthcoming as yet.

“The contract is about to be let and work could start within the next couple of weeks.

“We’ve got a meeting with residents of Eastwood this week to be brought up-to-date with developments so I’m really pressing the council to have something in place.”