NORTH Shropshire MP Helen Morgan has become the latest to lend her voice to any campaign to stop the closure of her constituency’s recycling centres.

It was reported last week that two of four recycling centres in the county, including Oswestry and Whitchurch, faced closures as part of the £61 million in savings as agreed in the budget.

However, there is a potential U-turn in the works from Shropshire Council over potential closures following the public reaction to the news.


But Mrs Morgan days she has still written to Shropshire Council’s leadership to urge them to reconsider plans which would see two of the household recycling centres in Shropshire shut.

In her letter to council chief executive Andy Begley and council leader Councillor Lezley Picton, the MP has asked that both Oswestry and Whitchurch's centres are kept open, adding that if closures do take place, the council must invest in replacement provision such as estate skips to offset the impact.

She has argued that the closures would add to fly-tipping, creating extra cost for the council to clean up, reducing the amount saved.

She said: “I’m supporting people across north Shropshire who want to save their local tip.

“Oswestry and Whitchurch are both under threat from Shropshire Council’s latest round of budget cuts.

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“Closures would be incredibly short-sighted, lead to increased fly-tipping and litter across the county, and create a major inconvenience for many residents who are already having to travel a long way to their nearest Household Recycling Centre.

“I have written to the chief executive and council leader to ask that they reconsider these plans and find other ways to make savings, if they have to.

“I’ve also said that if they do go ahead with closures, we need replacement provision to deal with the inevitable impact of losing yet another local service.”