The gates were closed on the Everest Road tip in St Annes last Thursday, despite protests to the last by disgruntled users and politicians opposed to the closure decision taken by Lancashire County Council’s ruling Conservative group.
A crowd of some 60 protesters gathered at the gates as they were closed for the final time by Everest Road team leader Keith Orange, but it all ended peacefully, although one local resident, Carol Lanyon, handcuffed herself to the gates until shortly before the closure.
That left Saltcotes as the Fylde’s only recycling centre – and there were fears that its first weekend as the only local option could see a repeat of the incidents a week earlier when customers were turned away from there - as well as from Everest Road on its final weekend - because certain skips were full.
But a County Council spokesman said all had gone smoothly at Saltcotes at the weekend. “We put on a little more transport to make sure the skips were kept operational,” he said. “We think the spike in demand the previous week was caused by the weather and the fact that it was Everest Road’s final weekend. All went smoothly and we are hopeful that situation will continue.”
Protesters have argued that the road outside the Saltcotes site is inadequate for the traffic expected but so far there have been no reported problems.
A total of seven men worked at the Everest Road site. All have been found jobs at other recycling centre sites around the county - and team leader Mr Orange was full of praise for the way their situation had been handled by site operators Sita.
“It’s the end of an era here but the lads are all sorted out and Sita have been very good with us,” said Mr Orange, who is now working at the site in Longridge.