Letter to Lord Mayor from Opposition parties.
All opposition councillors have joined together to call for an extraordinary meeting of the Full Council to debate the closure of the Beckfield Lane Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
The call comes as an officer report into the potential closure has been suppressed by leading Labour Councillors. The report is due to be considered at the Tuesday meeting of the Cabinet which is still going ahead at Fulford School (5:30pm – open to the public).
The report – which should have been published on the Councils web site over the weekend – was expected to shed some light on the claims that the closure would save “£130,000” over two years but that figure is now being disputed.
The Liberal Democrats along with Conservative, Green and Independent Councillors have used powers under the council’s constitution to call for the special meeting after the ruling Labour Group’s refusal to halt the controversial closure.
The Beckfield Lane site will close this month in a cost-saving measure by Labour-led City of York Council. However, the plans have sparked protests among those who use the amenity with 2,870 residents signing a petition calling for it to be kept open. This petition was presented at the last Council meeting. The site’s final day of operation is set to be April 15th.
Cllr Carol Runciman, Lib Dem Group Leader on the City of York Council commented:
“When Labour were elected they pledged to make the council more accountable to local people; however, they have completely ignored public opinion on this issue.
“It is essential that we have a proper open debate before the closure of this vital community facility. There is strong local feeling that this site should be kept open or a viable alternative provided.
“There is understandable fear that the closure could increase fly-tipping and hit York’s recycling targets; two areas that Labour promised to deliver on in their 2011 election manifesto.
“Liberal Democrat, Conservative, Green and Independent Councillors want to ensure that these views are heard and hope the site is saved as a result.”