Scott Benton MP has submitted a petition to Blackpool Council, which has been signed by 500 local residents, calling for a new waste and recycling centre to be opened in South Blackpool. Since the previous facility was closed down almost a decade ago, local residents have had no choice but to travel outside of the south Blackpool area to dispose of their waste.
Scott Benton MP said
“The decision to close the previous facility has made it more difficult for my constituents to dispose of household waste and has, in part, contributed to increased levels of fly-tipping around South Shore.
I started this petition to ensure that Blackpool Council are aware of what a priority for the people of Blackpool this is and I would like to thank those residents who have supported the petition.”
By opening a new facility in South Shore, residents would have the means to dispose easily of their waste, leading to much tidier streets and increased rates of recycling.
Mr Benton added
“I launched the petition to bring back a waste and recycling centre in South Shore after being contacted by a number of local residents on this issue. Currently residents and businesses are faced with a long trip to the north of the town, or have to pay and wait over 5 weeks for the council to collect larger items.
This is completely unacceptable and prevents the improvement of our residential areas in the town. The Council are currently in the process of considering options for next year’s Budget and opening a new facility could be achieved through utilising existing capital resources or prudential borrowing. I would urge them to explore these options as part of the Budget process”.
The petition has now been submitted to the Council and is awaiting a full response.