Labour County Councillors call for Household Recycling Centres in Staffordshire to be reopened urgently
With a surge in flytipping, advice from Staffordshire fire service against lighting bonfires and complaints from residents troubled by smoke from waste burning which aggravates their breathing difficulties, it is now time to urgently reopen Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres.
Labour’s Leader of the Opposition, County Councillor Charlotte Atkins and Deputy Leader County Councillor Kyle Robinson have raised their concerns with County Council leaders. Their response has been that coordination is required to ensure all waste tips open at the same time and that Government guidelines mean that drivers taking waste to tips might be fined as these trips would be classed as non essential.
County Councillor Charlotte Atkins who represents Leek South said:
‘It is perfectly possible for tips to be opened and for social distancing to be observed. People queue to get into supermarkets so why not in their cars at recycling centres?
‘Some councils have already reopened their tips as disposing of excess waste has now become vital for many families who are generating far more while stuck at home trying to keep their children occupied and safe. I am sure our ingenious Staffordshire County staff could find a way to reopen the sites safely for limited periods with access controlled. Otherwise we are going to be
overwhelmed by more flytipping.’
County Councillor Kyle Robinson who represents the communities of Butt Lane,Talke and Red Street said:
‘I have received numerous complaints from local residents about the nuisance of an increase in people burning household waste in their gardens. This is having a detrimental impact on the health and well – being of people and putting an added burden on our local fire service.
‘I understand the desperation of families trying to dispose of excess waste by burning it. But in densely populated communities like Butt Lane, Talke, Red Street and Kidsgrove any fire impacts badly on neighbours and can be incredibly harmful to those with existing breathing difficulties. We need to have the tips reopened urgently to avoid community frustration with the lack of action turning into anger.’
Staffordshire County Councillors received £2500 as part of the People Helping People fund in 2019/2020 to award to community projects in their Divisions. I like to keep people up to date about the fantastic projects I have supported this year and so I have provided a list below. The fund is now closed and I hope the County Council intends to keep this fund going so that more brilliant projects can be supported in 2020/21.
Go Kidsgrove – Making Christmas Fun:
Making Christmas Fun’ will use shared Christmas craft activities to bring families together in a stress-free environment. We will run workshops in the libraries and pop-up shop to enable families to work together to make Christmas lanterns and decorate tree baubles. The lanterns will be used in the ‘DIY light parade’ on the day of the Switch-on event, which also brings families together in a fun activity. The baubles will be used to decorate the tree in the centre of town, creating a shared ownership of Christmas in Kidsgrove. We also wish to purchase a good quality pop-up gazebo so we can take the workshops to other locations, without the need for finding suitable premises.
Ian Atherton – Butt Lane Youth Club
A weekly youth club for 9 to 14 year olds to encourage young people’s personal and social development by getting involved in positive activities and having fun. The youth club will help to tackle anti-social behaviour and will be based at Butt Lane Baptist Church.
Crown Bank Allotment Association – Access For All:
The object of improving access (Access For All) to the Allotment gardens is to allow the surrounding community to be able to access the Allotment gardens safely, and in return we be able to open the site up to the local schools and care homes in Talke Pits/Kidsgrove district.
Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group – Kidsgrove Sports Centre Sports 4 all:
To provide Sports Opportunities to our local and surrounding communities. Kidsgrove Sports Centre was closed to the public in June 2017. Since the time of closure, the community has campaigned tirelessly for its re-opening. This grant would help to provide much needed equipment for the centre that was sadly removed from site and would again allow users the opportunity to reach their full potential, promote sport and fitness and encourage lifestyle changes.
Red Street Community Centre – Community Project:
Red Street Community Centre is used by the whole community and facilities are enjoyed by all. We have various groups that use the centre including karate, Parkinson’s group, slimming world, drama group , dog training and also Kidsgrove Care Solutions. Some of these groups mainly Kidsgrove Care Solutions and Parkinson’s group have special needs clientele and because of this they require specialised equipment that needs to be stored. We are looking to acquire some sheds that will allow groups to store this equipment in and release much needed space in main hall where equipment is kept now.
Total awarded to community projects – £2479.00
Measures to tackle above average Nitrogen Dioxide levels on Liverpool Road, Kidsgrove have been approved and supported by councillors at a meeting of Newcastle Borough Council’s Public Protection Committee. Currently Nitrogen Dioxide levels breach statutory limits on Liverpoool Road in Kidsgrove and Newcastle Borough Council is required to monitor high levels of pollution.
Nitrogen Dioxide levels are heavily influenced by road traffic emissions and an action plan is required to try and bring down this type of pollution.
The council report states: “The Air Quality Management Area is centred on the Liverpool Road in Kidsgrove, with relevant receptors located at two junctions, one with Heathcote Street, and another with Gloucester Road. The Location of the AQMA is shown in figure 7. The AQMA was declared due to exceedances of the Nitrogen Dioxide Annual Mean Objective level of 40ug/m3 at a number of relevant locations principally along Liverpool Road (A50).
County Councillor for Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street, Kyle Robinson said: “A big part of Liverpool Road falls within my County Council Division and I am pleased the council is finally agreeing measures to reduce Nitrogen Dioxide Levels in the areas affected. I have called for measures to tackle this problem for several years and I hope we will finally see the local authority deliver on their promises. I will be making sure completion dates are adhered to by the Highways authority.”
Some of the measures to tackle pollution include the new transport hub at Kidsgrove Railway Station which will help to create a bus and rail interchange, hopefully taking more vehicles off the road. Staffordshire County Council is also looking at traffic light optimisation and a new congestion tackling action plan to help traffic to flow much easier. There will also be a review of bus stops to facilitate traffic flow along Liverpool Road.