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Depot closure plans raise fears over bin collections

June 14, 2017 6:59 PM

Councillors Colin Campbell, Ryk Downes and Sandy Lay (Lib Dem, Otley and Yeadon) have expressed concerns about the future quality of waste collection services in Otley and Yeadon following Leeds City Council's proposals to shut the Henshaw Lane waste depot in Yeadon and move the bin wagons to Newmarket Approach in East Leeds.

A report to the council's executive board meeting on Wednesday 21st June proposes to close the Henshaw depot and two others in which the council's bin wagons are currently based, and replace them with the new facility at Newmarket Approach at a cost of £4.1 million.

"Bin collection services in our area are very good," said Cllr Colin Campbell, "with the Henshaw depot consistently achieving a 100% collection rate. Sadly this is not the case in other areas served by depots in East Leeds. We fear this proposal will significantly lower the quality of service Otley and Yeadon residents receive."

"When there is a perfectly good base on the doorstep it makes no sense for staff, many of whom live locally, to travel all the way across Leeds to pick up the wagon and then drive all the way back again." said Cllr Ryk Downes, "If nothing else it will mean more congestion, pollution and an increased likelihood of failed collections."

"The proposed move throws the future of Yeadon's Henshaw site into doubt." said Cllr Sandy Lay. "Leeds City Council has already said they would like to use it for housing to help meet their inflated housing targets despite its poor access and the lack of local facilities. This seems to be a further step in a process to reduce services to raise money from land sales."