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Error on recycling leaflet sparks Stone councillors' anger

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

Councillors Jill Hood and Mark Green

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A STONE councillor fears business and jobs could be at stake at the town’s recycling centre after Stoke on Trent’s council gave out the wrong opening times.

Leaflets have been handed out to users of the Hanford incinerator stating the Stone centre is closed on Wednesdays. But Staffordshire County Council confirmed this was not the case and the Beacon Road centre would continue to open five days a week.

Town and borough councillor Jill Hood said that closing the Stone centre on a Wednesday would be a disaster for local people as it is the facility’s busiest day.

“Stoke City Council need to make sure leaflets are withdrawn immediately before business is lost and staff lose their jobs at the recycling centre,” she added. “It’s absolutely shoddy.”

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“There must have been thousands of leaflets handed out at the Hanford incinerator. People will say ‘we can’t go to Stone, they’re closed on a Wednesday.”

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “Obviously there’s been a mistake in Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s leaflet.

“Staffordshire County Council prides itself on the quality of the service it provides and I can assure members of the public that Stone’s opening times remain unchanged – 9am to 5pm five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday.”

A Stoke on Trent City Council spokesman said: “Due to a minor typographical error, leaflets about changes to our recycling centre opening days wrongly showed that Stone’s waste site is not open Wednesdays. Unfortunately, this mistake was only spotted after the leaflets had been printed.

“They were distributed in Stoke-on-Trent to help inform residents about possible alternative sites nearby, but were not intended to advertise services outside the city. We are sorry for any inconvenience this mistake may have caused, and we have made sure that the right information appears on our website.”

Stone will be losing one of its recycling bin centres however. The bins at Westbridge Park, which accept glass, paper, textiles, cans, shoes and cardboard, have been removed.

A Stafford Borough Council spokesman said: “We put a notice on the recycling bins at Westbridge Park in March to say we would be removing them because they had been vandalised on more than one occasion.

“We have three other sites close by within Stone that can be used for recycling. Residents also have a full kerbside recycling service.

“So because of these factors and the costs of installing new bins the decision was taken not to replace them.”

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