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Reduction in opening hours at Recycling Centres

Opening hours at West Lothian's Recycling Centres will change from Monday 27 May.

22 March
Reduction in opening hours at Recycling Centres

There will be a reduction in opening hours at all five centres which will reduce costs and are designed around usage data, site layout and demand. 

 

A savings proposal to close three Recycling Centres was rejected by councillors over a year ago, with council officers instructed to identify an alternative measure and review opening hours.  The revised proposal to reduce opening hours will save the council £321,000 over the next four years and was agreed at the Council Executive in January 2018. The reduction in opening hours will ensure that the council can afford to keep all five centres in West Lothian open. 

Starting from Monday 27 May 2019, all five Recycling Centres in West Lothian will be open for household waste from 10am - 4pm during weekends. In addition, Oakbank and Whitburn will also open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am - 2pm.  However Blackburn, Linlithgow and Broxburn will be opened on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am - 2pm. 

The days and times will remain the same throughout the year. 

The council is making changes to a number of services as they seek to balance increasing demand for services with insufficient grant funding from the Scottish Government.

Over the next four years, the council faces a budget gap of over £51million as a result of Scottish Government grant funding not being sufficient to meet increased costs faced by the council.  Savings of £15million will be made in 2019/20. The council is expected to have delivered nearly £157 million of savings between 2007/2008 and March 2023.   Executive councillor for the Environment, Tom Conn said: "The council has consulted over a wide range of proposals and the feedback we received made it clear that the closure of Recycling Centres was not something that local people felt was appropriate. 

"Some feedback suggested that reviewing opening hours would be preferable and that is what officers put forward as an alternative option, and approved by councillors.

"Reluctantly we need to reduce opening hours, but it is positive that all five sites will remain open. Not everyone will be happy about the changes and we understand that. However this is about selecting a solution that disadvantages as few site users as possible, whilst reducing costs and balancing a budget that is under huge pressure.

"The level of budget reductions that the council has to manage is going to have an impact on local services and it is impossible to continue to keep all services operating as they currently do. There is just not enough funding available to maintain the current level of service."

There will be a reduction in opening hours at all five centres which will reduce costs and are designed around usage data, site layout and demand. 

A savings proposal to close three Recycling Centres was rejected by councillors over a year ago, with council officers instructed to identify an alternative measure and review opening hours.  The revised proposal to reduce opening hours will save the council £321,000 over the next four years and was agreed at the Council Executive in January 2018.

The reduction in opening hours will ensure that the council can afford to keep all five centres in West Lothian open. 

Starting from Monday 27 May 2019, all five Recycling Centres in West Lothian will be open for household waste from 10am - 4pm during weekends.

In addition, Oakbank and Whitburn will also open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am - 2pm.  However Blackburn, Linlithgow and Broxburn will be opened on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am - 2pm. 

The days and times will remain the same throughout the year. 

 

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