Council could u-turn on Keighley tip closure decision

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 11:10pm

By Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporter

Keighley's tip could be saved from budget cuts after hundreds of residents and organisations voiced their concerns over closure plans.

The town’s Household Waste Recycling Centre was set for the chop under Bradford Council’s efforts to make savings in its 2023/24 budget.

The budget went out to consultation last year, and the Keighley tip proposal attracted hundreds of objections.

At a meeting of the Council’s Executive on Tuesday, Council bosses announced they have asked officers to look at options in the coming year’s budget that would allow the tip to stay open.

Discussing the results of the consultation – which ended last week – members were told that there were 970 responses to this year’s budget proposals.

The vast majority of these responses – over 800, related to the Keighley tip and the need to keep it open.

Among those to reply was the Aire River’s Trust. The group claimed the closure of the tip could lead to an increase in fly tipping – putting the town’s riverbanks at risk.

The charity’s response to the consultation said: “It would be a great shame to see the work of our charity and its volunteers undermined by an increase in fly tipping. This will surely be the result of the closure of Keighley Household Waste Centre.”

Others commenting said the tip would lead to increased car movements as residents are forced to travel to other areas of the District to dump their waste.

At the meeting Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said: “We’ll do everything we can to respond to concerns and task officers to see what else can be done to avoid this measure.”

Councillor Moshin Hussain (Lab, Keighley Central) said: “I thank all the residents that went through the proper channels to let their views be known.

“This is an important service that is vert well utilised in the town. I understand the strong views held by residents. Keighley can’t afford to lose this service.

“It is great to see the town united on this issue.

“Please reconsider this proposal so we can keep this brilliant service in Keighley.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “I want to thank the people of Keighley who have taken the time to speak out through the consultation and assure them that their views are being heard as we task officers with looking at whatever alternatives may be possible. A final decision will be made at full council on February 23.”

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