Hall packed for meeting on closure of waste site
THE Richborough Action Group, set up to fight the closure by Kent County Council of the household waste and recycling site at Richborough, held a packed public meeting at Cliffsend village hall on Monday evening.
Leaflets had been distributed throughout the village telling them of the closure due to take place in August 2013. Many residents said the leaflet was the first time they had known of the closure.
KCC is shutting the centre, which serves people from areas including Ramsgate and Cliffsend to save £250,000. Campaigners believe its loss will lead to intolerable extra pressure in increased traffic on the remaining sites in Deal and Margate.
A petition of more than 2,000 names has been gathered fighting the closure.
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Answering questions from villagers were Kent county councillors Liz Green and Rick Everitt and district councillors David Green and Jo Gideon. Villagers were alarmed at the extra fuel costs and travelling time it would take to get to Deal or Margate particularly if travelling involved going through Westwood Cross.
Jeffrey Loffman, chairman of the Richborough Action Group said "We thank all the people who have given us their support. We go to County Hall next week to seek answers as to how their decision to close the tip was reached, and why letters of objection from local councils were not included in their original report. We suspect their consultation process and information gathering was deeply flawed."
A public meeting will be held at the United Reformed Church in Sandwich on June 1 at 7.30pm.