Cheshire East announce date Congleton tip will close, expect increase in Macclesfield traffic

  Posted: 05.08.21 at 15:21 by Alexander Greensmith

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Macclesfield: our recycling centre is set to get busier, as the the closing date for Congleton tip has been confirmed.

Congleton Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) will close to the public at 5pm on Sunday, September 5 2021.

The site will then be cleared before the council’s lease expires and the site is returned to the landowner.

The nearest alternative sites for residents served by Congleton HWRC are Alsager and Macclesfield.

While Alsager is three miles closer to Congleton than Macclesfield, there is still expected to be a more traffic and congestion at Macc as homeowners recycle dry waste at our town's tip.

Confusingly, Macclesfield Recycling Centre is located on Congleton Road, Gawsworth, Macclesfield.

Macclesfield MP David Rutley tried to stop the closure, which is outside his constituency. Congleton's MP Fiona Bruce also opposed the plans.

A Cheshire East Council spokesperson said: "The council’s lease of the site has been ended by the landowner.

"While the procurement process for a new contract for the running of the borough’s Household Waste Recycling Centres from 2023 is carried out, the council has decided not to build a replacement HWRC facility in Congleton."

The closure is despite attempts from the public, politicians, and including Macclesfield own MP

Writing for Macclesfield Nub News earlier in the year, David Rutley said" "Closing the Congleton recycling centre would make it more difficult for residents to recycle regularly and play their part in helping to tackle climate change."

"The closure would lead to longer journey times to use other facilities and more air pollution, while also increasing demands on Macclesfield’s well-used recycling centre."

Macclesfield's MP since 2010 also had further concerns that the Congleton closure would lead to increased illegal fly-tipping, especially in neighbouring rural areas, including around Macclesfield.

Macclesfield Nub News will closely monitor the situation, and see if queues increase, recycling rates drop, and fly-tipping arises with more potential chaos at Macclesfield recycling centre.

A drive-through Costa will be built in place of Congleton's tip, plans have been approved by Cheshire East.

It is a great loss to the public, which favours business over the people.

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