Stay of execution for six Suffolk household waste sites

Bin at Felixstowe household waste centre Suffolk County Council will make a final decision on the closures on 17 February

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The planned closure of six of Suffolk's household waste tips has been delayed by two months following public opposition.

Suffolk County Council had planned to close recycling centres at Beccles, Bramford, Brome, Chelmondiston, Newmarket and Southwold from 9 May.

The planned closures were part of a £2.3m package of savings from the council's waste budget.

But the authority said they would now remain open until the end of July.

Pay-per-use

The cost of keeping the centres open is £180,000 and will be funded from Suffolk County Council's Transition Fund.

Meanwhile the council will look at possible solutions, which might include pay-per-use, district or parish council funding and local recycling projects.

The authority said it had received 8,000 letters and opinions from residents, district and parish councils giving their views on the proposals, and 2,000 people have attended public meetings.

A council spokesman said the announcement was a direct response to their views.

The waste site at Ingham will close as planned on 9 May as its planning permission is set to expire.

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