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Golden Butts to close end of March

Golden Butts Household Waste Recycling Centre (Image: Google Maps)

Bradford Council is pressing ahead with plans to close Golden Butts household waste recycling centre in Ilkley from Sunday 31st March.


Ilkley's tip is one of three which will close after the budget decision made at Full Council on 7 March, the other sites are at Queensbury and Sugden End in Keighley.


Signs will be displayed at each site, announcing closures and details of alternative HWRCs so that residents know where else they can take their items.


Like all councils across the country, Bradford Council faces unprecedented financial challenges over the next few years and has to reduce its size and how much it delivers. The closures form part of these savings.


Ford Hill, Sugden End and Golden Butts were chosen for closure, as they are the least used of all the HWRCs in the district. Closure of the sites will provide the council with a saving of £900,000 per year.


According to research by sustainability and waste experts WRAP, Bradford District currently has an unusually high number of HWRCs, compared to other areas. It has the highest number of HWRCs per 100,000 population in the region.


The HWRCs will be decommissioned over a two-week period in which they will be emptied, with skips, containers and machinery removed. Current security measures, such as CCTV and fencing will remain on each site.


Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Places, said: “We know many people are not happy with these closures. We’re not happy ourselves having to make these cuts, but unfortunately, the Council’s financial situation means we need to go ahead with closure."


As well as closing the three HWRCs the council will be tightening up the process for residents to apply for permits to prevent abuse of the system across all the remaining HWRCs. The sites are for Bradford District residents only. Non-residents, businesses, tradespeople and charities have been gaining access to the sites. A new system will place stricter controls on access to permits which will further reduce costs.


All eight HWRCs will be open Good Friday from 10am to 4pm and normal working hours on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. On Easter Monday, only Bowling Back Lane HWRC and Keighley HWRC at Royd Ings Avenue will be open from 10am to 4pm.

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