HALF a million pounds has been earmarked by Dumfries and Galloway Council to build a new household waste recycling centre at Barnkirk, on the outskirts of Newton Stewart.
At yesterday’s meeting of the planning, housing and environmental services committee in Dumfries, elected members were due to vote on giving the long-awaited scheme £500,000 from the council’s infrastructure asset class capital programme.
The creation of a recycling centre at Newton Stewart will not signal the end of the existing one at Whithorn and the council has plans to install lighting at Black’s Plantation and change the opening hours to suit people who work during the day.
A customer survey, in March 2011, of residents and feedback from Whithorn Community Council indicated to the council that a later closing time would be more appropriate so that those working during the day have the opportunity to use their local site.
The hours now recommended are:
Whithorn – closed Tuesday and Wednesday, open all other days from 11.45am-6pm.
Newton Stewart – closed Tuesday and Wednesday, open all other days from 11.45am-6pm.
Stranraer – open seven days a week from 9am-6pm.
To balance out costs, the opening of a new recycling centre at Newton Stewart will mean a cut in the current opening hours of the centre at Whithorn, or in council speak: “An adjustment in all HWRC opening hours allows staff costs to be redistributed.”