Temporary tip set to open today

The new site: Unit 12, Centurion Way
The new site: Unit 12, Centurion Way

Plans to open a temporary tip in Leyland have now been approved, while the main household waste recycling centre is closed for redevelopment.

The original site in Flensburg Way closed in June, and is scheduled to reopen in January 2013.

Now, proposals to open a pop-up site down Centurion Way have been passed, and the facility is expected to open today (Wednesday).

Coun Peter Mullineaux, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Street Scene at South Ribble Council, said: “Signs directing people to the new site have also been arranged.”

County Councillor Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council with responsibility for waste, said: “I’m very pleased we’re able to provide this temporary facility to make it as easy as possible for people to recycle while we redevelop the permanent site.

“This temporary centre will be open between 8am and 5pm and will accept the same types of waste as all our other recycling centres, with the exception of asbestos or any type of oil.”

He added: “We’re conscious of the need to make sure this facility does not affect the success of the business park, which is one of our prime employment sites being home to 50 local businesses employing more than 1,250 people.

“We are asking people not to use the private road through the business park to get to the temporary recycling centre, but to use Centurion Way instead.

“The waste centre which is currently closed is one of the busiest in the county which is why we’ve decided to provide this temporary site in exceptional circumstances to continue to meet the great need for recycling in this area.”

The temporary recycling centre has been given planning permission until December 31.

The improvements now being made at the original facility will transform it into a split-level site so that people will no longer have to climb up steps to put items in the skips.

Service wagons will also be isolated from the public area, which means it will not have to close when the skips are picked up, and this is hoped to avoid traffic queues on Flensburg Way.