Recycling takes a backward step

Recycling in the Machars took a backward step this week with the news that both the opening of the state-of-the-art recycling centre at Barnkirk, Newton Stewart and the new waste collection policy were being postponed.

Dumfries and Galloway Council issued a statement yesterday to say that the opening date of the centre “has been reviewed”.

The centre was originally to open this month but work is not complete on the site.

The council still have to install lighting, CCTV cameras and automatic number plate recognition cameras.

Only five of the recycling containers have been delivered to the site with fifteen containers due by the end of April.

A council spokesman said: “Arrangements for resources to manage the centre are being finalised which include staff needed for site operations.

“Once the necessary equipment and resources are in place the centre will be opened for householders to use.

“The council will advertise the opening date and times in the local press and on the council website when this date is determined.”

Mid Galloway Councillor Alistair Geddes said: “Like most people, I was delighted when the council agreed to the provision of a household waste re-cycling centre for the Newton Stewart area and would place on record my appreciation of the assistance given by the Cree Valley Community Council, among others, in having the project approved.

“On the back of a number of approaches which I made to the council, I was led to understand that the facility would be operational early in the current financial year and I imparted that information, in good faith, to the community council, and also to individual constituents, all of whom were delighted with the proposed timescale.

“To be told now that the centre will not become operational until the autumn of the current year is, quite frankly, unacceptable.

“I recently e-mailed Alistair Speedie to ask for an update on the project’s progress.

“I’m still awaiting a response to that enquiry. If there has, indeed, been slippage, I, my fellow councillors, and the public whom we serve and represent, are entitled to know the reasons for this state of affairs.

“The council have failed lamentably, thus far, to provide that information and I fully intend to hold them to account for their failure.”