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MARTINS FARM RECYCLING CENTRE
CLOSURE NOW IMMINENT, BUT PROTEST CONTINUES


Pictured above outside the depot, from left to right, Graham Steady, District Councillor for Brightlingsea; Michael Talbot, District Councillor for St Osyth and Point Clear; Sonia Grantham, Chairman of St Osyth Parish Council; Gary Scott, District Councillor for Alresford; Lynda McWilliams, District Councillor for Great Bentley; John White, District Councillor for St Osyth and Point Clear and Neil Williams, recently appointed Parish Clerk to St Osyth Parish Council.

On the 25th October a number of the responsible local leaders who over the last couple of months have voiced the objections of their residents to the proposed closure of the Site, gathered outside the gates of the Martins Farm Household Recycling Centre in a show of unity, as this was the day on which the Essex County Council were due to either confirm or vary in some way their decision to close the Centre.
In actual fact the decision was delayed, but only by one day as the closure was confirmed on Wednesday 28th.
The above meeting was held with only five hours notice and a number of Councillors, who have been actively involved in the discussions on behalf of their residents, were unable to attend due to previous engagements both private and public. Councillors Jane Chapman and Alan Goggin from Brightlingsea; Irene Tracey from St Marys; Rosemary Heaney and Fred Nicholls from Torrington, Fretting, Elm stead and Great Bromley – all unable to attend.
The St Osyth recycling centre at Martins Farm is off the Colchester Road, St Osyth, CO16 8HN. Bounded on one side by the B1027 and on the other by the Creek close to Wellwick Wharf
It is a much used facility and will be sorely missed by residents in St Osyth and Point Clear, Brightlingsea, Alresford, Frating, Elmstead Market, Great Bentley, Great Bromley, Thorrington and even outside of our District of Tendring, affecting residents in Wivenhoe. It is suggested that all those who would have used Martins Farm, drive another 4 miles to use the Rush Green Road site at Clacton.
Sonia Grantham, Chairman of St Osyth has done everything possible to organise opposition to this closure. She had a leaflet from the Parish Council put in every one of our 2300 Parish Newsletters, encouraging residents to write their own letter of objection. She asked the Clerk to write to the County portfolio holder Councillor Kevin Bentley, inviting him to meet opponents in our Village Hall to listen to objections and alternative suggestions and the Parish Council itself objected.
The County say that over the past year significant investment in recycling by Local Authorities has seen more residents use kerbside recycling services, so less now use a site such as Martins Farm.
As a result they say, there have been fewer visitors to recycling centres in the County and whilst 21 of the 23 of the these centres will continue, some with varied opening hours to suit times when they are used the most. One the two site closing in Essex is Martins Farm Centre here in St Osyth.
I telephoned the Waste Management Department At County in Chelmsford (0845 603 7625) this afternoon (3rd November) to ask for the actual closure date and was informed that NO DATE HAS BEEN SET by the Cabinet yet. Eleven sites will remain open seven days a week, while the remainder will be open between four and six days a week. However, weekend opening hours will stay the same.

(Latest News) A phone call from Jane Chapman on the 4th November informed me that the whole issue of the Martins Farm Closure had been ‘called-in’ for scrutiny by the Lib Dem group at the County Council and the issue would be heard on 17th November at County Hall. Jane Chapman, as the organiser of one of the largest petitions against the closure, has been invited to address the County Council Scrutiny Committee for five minutes during the meeting and she has been contacting any other Councillors who would like to be present. Our Councillor John White will attend this meeting on behalf of St Osyth and Point Clear.

For any visitor who wants to keep an eye on the St Osyth site data, though not yet reporting any news of pending closure, click the link: Martins Farm Operational Details. 

M.J.T.
3/11/11


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