Letter: Relief as recycling centre escapes cuts

EDITOR – The opening of The Rasens waste recycling site on Gallamore Lane on March 4 will be a useful addition to facilities available for the residents in the north of our county.

During the very tight spending review which we are having to follow with the loss of £57 million pounds this year, it was with a sigh of relief that The Rasens survived the county council cutbacks.

However, we in waste services are under great pressure (as is every other department) to limit our spending and to get the very best value in everything we do, for the benefit of all.

As we have found that the 12 sites across the county are used far more at the end of the week, and are therefore considering reduced opening hours, The Rasens will start its role as our newest site with opening days of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and possibly bank holidays.

West Lindsey’s recycling is really doing well with a projection of around 54 per cent this year, a tribute to West Lindsey residents.

On another note, the media generally are not alerting the Lincolnshire public as to the true reason for the possible closure of Visit Lincolnshire.

I am assured that last year, Visit Lincolnshire received approximately £450,000 from the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) and £265,000 from you the ratepayers.

This year as EMDA no longer exists, no money will be forthcoming from them.

However, whilst it is proposed that the county council no longer contributes its share directly to Visit Lincolnshire, it will continue to support the tourism industry through a number of other projects with over £200,000 of revenue spend.

As to winter snow clearance, both Coun Tony Turner and myself are working with Highways officers next week with a view to asking for local parish chairmen to attend a meeting at county hall to get their views on how we can be even better prepared to tackle issues next winter.

A good start would be for customs and excise to sharpen their act in allowing farmers and contractors to use red diesel, to fuel their machines to clear roads (before snow and ice become impossible to move).

During the December alpine dump it took at least five days for this red tape to be cut – and all of us know the outcome.

However, we will wait to see what can be done to further improve communications – especially between parishes and county highways.

Finally, good news on potholes; the council has placed a further two million pounds with highways to help repair the significant ravishes of the snow and ice.

Happy recycling!

Lewis Strange

Ancholme Cliff division and county councillor with responsibility for waste services and green issues.