Campaigners in fight to save Cumbria rubbish tips

Campaigners have vowed to fight plans by council leaders to shut six rubbish tips in Cumbria.

Cumbria County Council wants to replace six of its 14 tips with mobile collections in plans to save £2m.

The tips that will be affected include Wigton and Brampton, in north Cumbria, and Ambleside in the Lake District

The authority said a consultation was currently under way and a public meeting is being held in Ambleside later.

Elwyn Bradshaw, chairman of the Lakes Parish Council said: "This is basically a protest meeting because local people, having heard this proposal, are very upset with the notion that this centre, which has a very large catchment area, will be closed."

Currently the 14 centres have containers for different household waste materials including cans, glass and wood.

'All options'

Council leader Eddie Martin previously suggested handing over the at-risk sites to parish councils or community groups, which could run them with volunteers.

The council said it had already received more than 1,700 responses to the consultation process.

Councillor Tim Knowles, the authority's cabinet member for waste said: "We're looking at all the options, this is a consultation, no decisions have been made yet.

"The people at Ambleside are expressing their views and they will be taken into account.

"All of this is on the back of millions of pounds being cut in terms of the budgets available and you frankly can not provide services if you haven't the money to do it."

A spokesman for the council said its tips were managed by external company Cumbria Waste Management.

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