BUCKDEN tip will close to the public next year - despite a campaign to retain the facilities and a petition signed by more than 4,000 people. Elderly and infirm people will get extra help when the tip closes, Cambridgeshire County Council has promised. Extra staff will be employed at the alternative sites in St Neots and Alconbury, so people with difficulty climbing steps do not need to do so, said the council's deputy leader, Councillor Roy Pegram yesterday (Tuesday). But the insistence on closing the tip, which replaced a site in Godmanchester several years ago, has angered Liberal Democrats and 4,300 people who signed a petition urging the county to renegotiate a management agreement for the recycling centre to save money. Brampton Parish Council Chairman Mike Shellens reacted angrily, saying that all he was asking for was the county council and the owners of the centre, Waste Recycling Group, to get together to see if a new contract could be negotiated.