A motion was passed at yesterday’s Full Council meeting , despite a wrecking attempt made by the Greens, and was critical of Mayor Ferguson for failing to develop or deliver this public amenity, despite councillors voting in February 2015 to set aside £2 million funding in the Capital Programme to build it.
Campaigners have pointed out that residents living in this part of the city are currently expected to travel long distances to dispose of large household items at the official Council tips located at Days Road (St Phillips) or Kingsweston Lane (Avonmouth).
The lack of a local facility, it is argued, helps to explain the recent explosion of fly-tipping in the area and contributes towards the failure to meet the authority’s own recycling targets.
Cllr Eddy (Con, Bishopsworth) said: “Tory Councillors have always been behind plans to redevelop the Hartcliffe Way site.
“A new recycling plant there will greatly reduce incidents of fly-tipping and boost falling recycling rates.
“Last February, we voted for £2 million to be allocated for this specific purpose.
“It was accepted at the time that a proper business plan would also have to be a part of this project.
“Unfortunately, the Mayor – who has repeatedly been at odds with this proposal – seems to have done very little in the interim to progress it.
“Hopefully the latest move by councillors from most Parties will be a little more persuasive in this election year than has so far proved to be the case.
“I urge him to redouble his efforts to seriously try to get work on this promised development – and it is still in his Capital programme - finally started.”