Challenge to Lancashire recycling centre closures fails

The closure of four recycling centres in Lancashire will go ahead after a challenge to "call in" a decision by Lancashire County Council (LCC) failed.

The scrutiny committee upheld the decision to shut the sites at Garstang, Bacup, Colne Great Harwood.

Valerie Wilson, one of the five Conservative county councillors who signed the call-in letter, said she was disappointed.

Deputy leader of the Tory-led council Albert Atkinson is yet to comment.

Along with Mrs Wilson, who is the councillor for Garstang, Malcolm Barron, Michael Devaney, Michael Green and Mark Perks signed the call-in notice.

She said: "I understand savings have to be made but I am disappointed."

Labour also lodged a call-in request but the five Conservatives got their letter in first.

Mr Atkinson has said the closures will save LCC £520,000, while protecting "our highest priority services to vulnerable people".

The four sites will close from 19 March, with staff remaining on site until the end of 1 April.

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