Plans for Cornwall Council to open Household Waste and Recycling Centres ramped up following Conservative pressure

Cornwall Council has indicated a decision to reopen the county's Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRC's) is imminent following pressure from Newquay Cornwall Councillor Oliver Monk.

In a strong letter to the portfolio holder last week, Cllr Monk had called upon the Lib Dem/Independent administration that runs the council to do all it could to speed up reopening the sites, after many other councils across the country had already done so.

In a briefing to councillors at the end of the week, the Leader of Cornwall Council said to expect a decision shortly.

Commenting, Olly said:

"I am glad that since my intervention minds have been focused and it looks like a plan to reopen these important sites across Cornwall is imminent."

"However Government guidelines were actually set out April 28th and the administration running the council have always known they would need to reopen the sites."

"To date, sadly they have failed to come up with any contingency plan during the seven weeks they have been shut. "

"We should have been planning how to deal with reopening the sites as soon as they were closed to ensure as smooth a process as possible."

"This is another example of the Lib Dems reacting to issues rather than having any sort of planned strategy to deal with the problems in the first place."