Concerns over closure of Kirrie centre

Councillor Ronnie Proctor

Councillor Ronnie Proctor

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A Kirriemuir councillor has warned of his fears over fly-tipping following Angus Council’s decision to close the recycling centre in Kirriemuir.

Conservative councillor Ronnie Proctor told ‘The Herald’ the majority of the people he has spoken to have expressed concerns about the closure of the current site on Bellies Brae.

He said: “The majority of the people I have spoken to are not happy about this.”

Last Tuesday members of the local authority’s communities committee agreed to the closure of the Kirriemuir and Forfar recycling centres which will be replaced with a new-build centre on a site still to be identified.

The original proposal was to re-locate the two centres at Padanaram.

An amendment to save all seven sites, and a referral to full council, were both denied.

Councillor Proctor continued: “What I can gather is that there is a feeling against moving it. There are those who are probably a bit ambivalent about it.”

He referred to residents of the Angus Glens who could be facing a further distance to recycle their goods, with those living in Glen Clova or Prosen already driving 12 to 15 miles to Kirriemuir.

He continued: “My concern is it will end up increasing fly-tipping.

“There is a feeling in the town that the people don’t want it to be moved.”

Forfar councillor Colin Brown addressed last Tuesday’s meeting.

He said: “I have spent a few hours on two separate occasions at the recycling centres in Forfar and Kirriemuir, and not one user was happy about the plans to move to Padanaram, or whatever site the council finds appropriate, for their recycling.

“People said they would if they had to, but they had absolutely no appetite to move. Most said they were satisfied with what they have at the moment.

“As for residents of Padanaram, they just do not want it on their 
doorstep with the increase in traffic through the 
village.

“As I have said earlier, I attended a public meeting in Padanaram hall. I took no part in the discussion and gave no opinion. I was just there as a spectator.

“Around 60 people attended, quite a number for a small village like Padanaram, so I will not support any change at this time and ask for a comprehensive consultation on this matter.”