A popular recycling point at Swinnow Morrisons supermarket has been saved from removal.
The recycling site, located at the Swinnow Road store in Bramley, was due to be closed after noise complaints were received.
After councillors Kevin Ritchie (Labour, Bramley & Stanningley), Richard Lewis (Labour, Pudsey) and Simon Seary (Cons, Pudsey) intervened, it was agreed to keep a site at Morrisons, but in a location that would not cause noise problems for people living nearby.
Councillor Kevin Ritchie (Labour, Bramley & Stanningley) said:
“To keep this recycling point is a great win. By keeping it at Morrisons it’s not going to inconvenience anyone that already uses it, but by moving it closer to the petrol station its not going to cause undue noise to people living in the area.
“It’s a pragmatic way to deal with the problem and is a great compromise to make sure everybody is a winner.
“A big thank you to Morrisons is in order, their co-operation has been key in finding a new location that won’t inconvenience anyone.”
Cllr Simon Seary (Cons, Pudsey) said he pushed for the removal to be stalled so dialogue could continue and encouraged them to reconsider their environmental responsibilities within the community. He said:
“Morrison’s were not originally cooperating with the council for a relocation but have since reconsidered and proposed a different site which should prevent further noise complaints and ensures that the recycling system can remain within the general area.”
Cllr Seary thanked Morrisons for retaining the glass collecting point and for committing to supporting recycling in the community.
Councillor Richard Lewis (Labour, Pudsey) said:
“The Swinnow Road Morrisons is a really great site for people to do their recycling. It’s convenient, easy to get to and, for many people, fits alongside existing routines. It would have been a real blow for the people that use it if it had just disappeared.
“We were facing the site shutting with no local alternatives, which would have been disastrous for local recycling rates.
“I’m glad that instead of just letting the site shut, we were able to get everyone to talk to one another and find out a proper solution that works for everyone.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was revised at 5.30pm on Sunday, March 17 to reflect the work of both Labour and Conservative councillors on this issue.
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