Longridge charity scheme to end

A CHARITY bottle bank scheme that has raised more than £30,000 for Multiple Sclerosis over 28 years is set to close after funding was withdrawn by Lancashire County Council.

Longridge resident John Farmery, 74, started the project in 1986 in memory of his wife Elaine who suffered from MS.

The former pet shop owner’s initiative will close at the end of March after LCC voted to remove its funding at a meeting at County Hall on Thursday.

The scheme, which is based in the Booths car park, was opened by comedian Frank Carson who was serving at the president of the Blackpool branch of the MS society.

The bank raised £660 in 2013 but will now close as part of the county council’s plan to reduce their budget by £300m over the next four years.

Mr Farmery, who lives in Eden Gardens, said: “When I started there were no kerbside collections and the bottle banks were the places where people went to recycle their glass.

“This just isn’t the case anymore and the role of the bottle bank has been dramatically reduced.

“I’m very proud of what I have achieved over the years and it’s great that so much money has been raised for MS research which would not have been raised otherwise.

“The bottle bank has done its job but I’m very sad to see it go.

“I expected the council to make this decision and I can see it from their point of view.

“I’m just glad that I did it and was able to do a bit of good.”

David Borrow, deputy leader of the county council and cabinet member for finance, said: “In the early days of recycling, when there were no doorstep collections by councils and we were trying to encourage more recycling, one of the incentives was to pay firms and organisations an additional payment.

"Things have now changed completely.

“The level of recycling has increased and there is now a well-established market for recyclables with good money to be made by collecting them.”

A final decision to withdraw the funding will be made at the next full council meeting.

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8:44pm Sat 8 Feb 14

denidenideni says...

Are the councillors reducing their expenses in line with this type of essential funding, i doubt it.
Are the councillors reducing their expenses in line with this type of essential funding, i doubt it. denidenideni

2:41am Sun 9 Feb 14

ribvanrey says...

I would love to know how much the LCC contribute toward the funding for this MS recycling bank. As Mr David Borrow said, things have change greatly in the recycling world since 1986. Nevertheless this bank raised a very helpful £600 last year. Maybe another sponsor could be found to provide the lost contribution. I do think knowing the size of the missing LCC contribution would help put the issue into the right proportions.
I would love to know how much the LCC contribute toward the funding for this MS recycling bank. As Mr David Borrow said, things have change greatly in the recycling world since 1986. Nevertheless this bank raised a very helpful £600 last year. Maybe another sponsor could be found to provide the lost contribution. I do think knowing the size of the missing LCC contribution would help put the issue into the right proportions. ribvanrey

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