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Council could delay cut to Oxfordshire's recycling centres

Recycling centre in Oxfordshire
Image caption The council runs seven household waste recycling centres at a cost of £1.2m

All of Oxfordshire's household recycling centres could stay open until at least the end of 2017 after people raised concerns about sites closing.

A report will now go to Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet recommending that a decision on the future of the seven centres should be delayed.

It follows a public consultation in which fears were raised about long journeys and increases in fly-tipping.

But the report said site opening hours should be reduced from October 2017.

Rodney Rose, deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said it was "not the right time" to make a decision.

The centres are at Alkerton, Ardley, Stanton Harcourt, Drayton, Oakley Wood, Redbridge, and Stanford in the Vale. Ardley is already set to be closed by the landowners in 2017.

More than one million visits are made to the sites each year, and the council was consulting on whether to close three or four of them in a bid to save £350,000.

The report said because of pressures on the council's budgets it was still looking to close some sites in the future.

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