At today’s full meeting of Angus Council, councillors voted 13 – 8 in favour of halting recycling centre closures across Angus.
Speaking at the meeting, Monifieth & Sidlaw Councillor Ben Lawrie said:
“I’d like to start by disagreeing with the comments made by one of the members here at the last meeting of the full council, when he said that he “doesn’t think recycling centres are that important”.
Because I do think recycling centres are important. So do my constituents in Monifieth and they are fiercely opposed to the closure of our local centre.
But that shouldn’t be news to anyone here.
This is a view that Monifieth made abundantly clear when the SNP originally proposed these closures.
They made it clear to me on the doorsteps prior to the election.
They made it very clear last week at the public meeting held by Councillor Myles.
And they’re still it making clear today, taking time out of their day to attend this meeting. The people’s voice on this issue has been consistent and united.
I’d like to commend the Monifieth Community Council and the people of Monifieth for the energy they’ve shown in making their opinions heard.
Democracy is at its best when people are active in telling their politicians what they want.
So I will be voting for the motion today, to give us more time, in the hope that we can find a sustainable and fair arrangement that satisfies people in Monifieth as well as across Angus.”
The motion puts on hold all closures of recycling centres across Angus for one year so that public consultation can be held and a deeper review of options can be consulted. Leader of the Council Bob Myles stating during the meeting that “We must make the right decisions, not the quick ones.”
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Lawrie said:
“Despite it looking like a lost battle over the past few days, we’ve managed to pull out the stops and halt the imminent closure of the Monifieth Recycling Centre.
This isn’t a permanent solution however, we’ve bought ourselves another year, but a new site for the Centre will have to be found.
If us folk in Monifieth want there to be a local centre in the long term we’re going to have to be proactive in coming forward with offers or suggestions of a location. It won’t be easy but hopefully if we find a suitable site then there is potential for a brand new centre. To me, that would be the ideal outcome.”