Barton & Watcombe Liberal Democrat councillor Roger Stringer is set to challenge Conservative-controlled Torbay Council over what efforts are being made to allow Torbay residents the use of the Newton Abbot recycling centre at the Brunel Industrial Estate, following its closure to them over 12 months ago. Cllr Stringer said, “I quizzed the Council on this matter last February. Since then we have been working closely with Devon County to develop a devolution deal where we are looking to demonstrate to the Government how we can work closely with other Councils on shared challenges. It strikes me that if we cannot agree to share facilities such as the recycling centre in Newton Abbot, what hope is there on bigger issues such as improving our local economy?"
The former Barton postmaster went on to say, “For Torquay residents, it has always been easier to get to Newton Abbot rather than the recycling centre in Yalberton, Paignton, and with the new road between Torquay and Newton Abbot it would be even more convenient to use the Newton Abbot recycling centre."
Roger says "On the 5 February 2015 I put the following question:- In recent weeks Devon County Council have stopped Torbay residents from using the Recycling Centre at Brunel Industrial Estate Newton Abbot. What representations have you made to try to ensure that our residents continue to have use of this valued facility?"
In view of the lack of response Roger questionned again on the 25th February 2016: “In light of Torbay Council's close working over the last few months with Devon County Council over the devolution deal, when will Torbay residents be able to access the recycling centre at the Brunel Industrial Estate in Newton Abbot? “