Pewsey residents debate future of recycling centre
More than 150 residents turned out to debate the future of a local recycling centre just a few days before Christmas.
A special Area Board meeting for the Tidworth and Pewsey areas took place at Tidworth Garrison Theatre on Monday, December 21 to discuss the proposed closure of the Household Recycling Centre at Everleigh.
Wiltshire Council announced in September last year that it was considering the closure of the facility in a bid to plug a £1.45 million funding shortfall. Shutting Everleigh would save the council £65,000 a year.
In May last year the council announced it was reducing the opening hours of Marlborough Recycling Centre by two days a week, and by two hours on the days it remains open.
Everleigh is the designated household recycling centre for the Pewsey and Tidworth areas. The closest alternatives are at Marlborough or Devizes.
There was strong opposition from the floor to any considerations relating to the potential closure of the site.
Cllr Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for Strategic Planning, Property, Waste and Strategic Housing, set out the budget context and examined the economic feasibility of Everleigh HRC.
Cllr Jerry Wickham, portfolio holder for Waste responded to questions from the floor and clarified this was a consultative meeting and there were no definitive plans at this stage.
Cllr Paul Cowan, chairman of Upavon parish council, put forward a consolidated case for retention of the site on behalf of a number of parish councils across the Pewsey community area.
A recommendation was put forward by the joint area board: “That the Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Property Waste and Strategic Housing having listened to and taken into account the weight of public correspondence and representations made at this meeting, is minded to make a recommendation to keep Everleigh Household Recycling Centre open for the good and benefit of the residents of the Pewsey and Tidworth community areas.”