Waste recycling sites set for partial closure in Rotherham

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Cash-strapped Rotherham Council is to close each of its four household waste recycling centres for one day a week to meet budget cuts.

The Warren Vale Household Waste Recycling Centre at Rawmarsh is one of the centres, which is proposed to close on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The closure plan will be introduced for six months between April and September to see if budget savings can be met.

Councillors took the decision at a cabinet meeting at the Town Hall last Wednesday.

Coun Richard Russell, the authority’s cabinet member for waste and emergency planning, said: “We have to make a budget saving of £26,000 and believe the partial closure of these sites is the best way to achieve that while avoiding the need for any permanent closures.

“Most importantly, this will minimise the impact on the majority of the Rotherham public who use our sites.

“Cutting back on opening hours is not really an option because there would be little point in opening if we reduced the hours further.”

The authority has to meet Government-imposed budget cuts of around £40 million over the next two years.

The sites will be shut for one day on a weekly rota of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Coun Russell will determine the rota at his next delegated powers meeting.