Recycling plan for Penicuik is binned

Penicuik Recycling Centre, Bellmans Road, Penicuik
Penicuik Recycling Centre, Bellmans Road, Penicuik

Council plans to provide Penicuik with a new £1.3 million recycling centre have been abandoned following complaints from local residents.

Objections were raised because the proposed site at Eastfield Farm Road was in close proximity to Strathesk Primary.

At last week’s full council meeting, members agreed to refurbish the existing site at a cost of £300,000.

Penicuik Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP), the cabinet member with responsibility for recycling, said: “There were concerns raised by local people about where the new centre would sit, especially in relation to Strathesk Primary.

“We have listened and the decision is to extend and improve the current recycling centre on Bellmans Road.

“We feel this is a move that will benefit the whole community and help improve our recycling rates.”

In his report director John Blair said councillors would have to consider their options given the finacial situation facing the local authority and the relocation of collection and street sweeping operations and vehicles to Stobhill.

He said the closure of the Bellmans Road centre would generate £90,000 worth of savings but would be largely negated by additional fuel costs of staff travelling from Newtongrange to Penicuik as well as the need to provide storage for some machinery.

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