ORRELL Recycling Centre has closed its doors for the final time.
A last-ditch petition to keep it open from Orrell Conservative Coun Richard Clayton wasn’t enough to prolong its life and yesterday the centre finally closed.
It had been given a short reprieve, initially set to close on January 31, it was allowed to stay open until yesterday.
Coun Clayton, who has been against its closure from the off, collected more than 6,000 signatures in his petition to keep the Recycling Centre open, but Wigan Council yesterday confirmed that they weren’t prepared to keep it open any longer.
Coun Kevin Anderson, Cabinet member for the Environment, said: “We can confirm that Orrell Household Waste Recycling Centre will close permanently as of Thursday March 1.
“It is a difficult decision but one that we have had to take due to the difficult financial times we are facing.”
Coun Clayton said he was “desperately disappointed“ by the decision but revealed he still hadn’t given up hope of it re-opening in the future.
“The gates may have closed now but that’s not to say they can’t ever re-open in the future,” he said.
“I’m very upset but I’m still going to try my best to get it re-opened.
“I’m hoping that over the next few weeks, we can address the issue and possibly re-open it in the future.
“It’s not dead in the water until it has been ripped apart.”
Coun Clayton has spent the last month obtaining 6,112 signatures for his petition.
Local businesses have had forms on display and Coun Clayton says he owes a lot of people a big ”thank-you” for their support.
He added: “There are so many people that need thanking for their help and support.
“So many people have signed it while local businesses have been extremely helpful.
“Like I say, I’m hoping we can all continue to work together to get something done to get it open again and reward them for their support. I’ve been through all the issues and reasons why I don’t want it to close on numerous occasions.”
The closest site now is the one in Makerfield way in Higher Ince.
Coun Anderson says that among the reasons behind closure is the size of Orrell Recycling Centre, describing it as no longer being a “viable long-term option.”
The Council is also hoping to increase collections from homes to help people recycle their household waste more efficiently.
Coun Anderson added: “The small nature of the site has led to service difficulties at times and we would encourage residents to use the far more extensive sheltered facilities at Kirkless, Makerfield Way, Higher Ince.
“The council is in the process of extending kerbside collections from residents’ homes to make recycling even more convenient.
“And whilst we appreciate that some local people have strong feelings about retaining the Orrell site, it is no longer a viable, long-term option.”