Cole Green letter

December 6, 2015 12:00 AM
By Cllr Malcolm Cowan

Dear Sir

Further to your report on the potential risk of a serious accident at the Cole Green tip, you recently published a letter from the executive county councillor for waste where he said his preferred option was not to open 7 days a week or add a waiting lane, but to look for a new site.

I decided to check on the likelihood of this with one of his most senior officers and was told I'm afraid no alternative to Cole Green is on the cards. We have been looking for years and continue to search but nothing has come along that is suitable or realistic.

So in fact we won't get a new site. I then challenged the councillor recently and he told me, to gasps from other councillors, that if there was serious accident, Cole Green would close !

I was shocked. So where on earth are we supposed to go? So they wait for someone to be hurt or killed before they do anything? So we are one accident away from having no waste site for miles. The nearest, at Stevenage, would surely become grossly overcrowded.

Is there any joined up thinking by the ruling Conservatives? Just like when they tell us to walk, cycle or use the bus, then cut the buses, turn off the street lights at night and fail to maintain the footpaths and roads surfaces.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Malcolm Cowan