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Wiltshire Council's cabinet votes to close Everleigh recycling site

The Everleigh Household Recycling Centre (HRC) - south of Pewsey - is to be closed.  The final decision was take by Wiltshire Council's cabinet on Tuesday (October 9).

The closure is one of the savings Wiltshire Council identified in a bid to lop £22million off its 2018-2019 budget.

A campaign by local residents to keep it open and a consultation which came down heavily for retaining the HRC, seem to have had no impact on councillors' determination to close the site.  This determination was strengthened by the need for capital expenditure at Everleigh due to drainage issues.

It is the smallest of Wiltshire's 11 HRCs.  Annual visits to Everleigh dropped from 42,614 in 2015/16 to 38,475 in 2016/17.  This may have been partly due to the site being closed for some months and recycling for some items was not available.

The Council expects those who now use the Everleigh site will travel to Devizes, Marlborough or Amesbury HRCs - all said to be within 30 minutes travel time.  During the cabinet meeting opponents cited the 'heavy congestion' on roads around the Marlborough HRC.

Opponents of the Everleigh closure have pointed out that it is in a rural setting and so will lead to more fly-tipping.

The omens are not good for the future of the Marlborough HRC.  Council figures show that visits there fell from 120,995 in 2015/16 to 92,294 in 2016/17.

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