Council bins recycling centre closure claims

Kirriemuir's recycling centre is not set to close.
Kirriemuir's recycling centre is not set to close.

There are no plans to close Kirriemuir’s recycling centre or to reduce the facility’s opening hours, Angus Council has said.

The Dispatch and Herald was this week contacted by a Kirrie resident concerned that the centre, on Bellie’s Brae, would soon close its doors “on the quiet.”

The resident, who declined to be named, said: “I have heard through a very reliable source that they are about to close the Kirriemuir Recycling Centre, on the quiet, without any consultation or notice period to the public. I know from being a Kirrie resident that this recycling centre is very busy and very well used. This will mean that all residents will have to travel to the nearest recycling centre in Forfar, which is already overcrowded and not very user-friendly.

“Surely the closure of this recycling centre will mean a reduction in Council Tax? I would presume not.”

Rumours of doubt over the site’s long-term future began circulating when the centre closed in August for two months while more than £36,000 worth of repairs and maintenance was carried out, and was completed ahead of schedule. The work followed an earlier closure in March while resurfacing work was carried out.

The council this week moved to scotch rumours that the centre is set to close permanently. A spokeswoman for the authority said there are no plans to close or reduce recycling services already provided.