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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Serious concerns have been voiced about the proposed location of a waste transfer station which could bring more than 400 extra heavy goods vehicles a week onto the site in Bury St Edmunds.
Suffolk County Council has submitted a planning application for the facility at the existing Rougham Hill Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
Waste collected from residents and businesses would be transferred onto larger vehicles before being taken to Great Blakenham to be turned into energy.
An environment assessment report submitted with the planning application said it is anticipated HGVs accessing the waste transfer station for delivery of waste or to upload bulked material would total about 61 per day.
Major concerns have been raised that the proposed waste transfer station would increase traffic “chaos” on the local road network, which is already set to be put under pressure as a result of future housing developments.
Councillor Trevor Beckwith, who represents Eastgate and Moreton Hall, said the county council was not looking at the “big picture”.
“They are working from their silo,” he added.
Councillor Sarah Stamp, who has been contacted by concerned residents living near the site, said: “I do agree the site needs to go somewhere, and this is very close to the A14.
“On paper it looks like an ideal site, but when you look at the borough’s plans for the new homes it’s suddenly not such an ideal site. It would be in the middle of a residential area.”
Mrs Stamp, who represents the area on the borough and county councils, added: “I believe in other areas in the UK there isn’t another waste transfer station that isn’t on an industrial site.”
St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s blueprint for future growth in the area, called Vision 2031, earmarks a site bordering Rougham Hill for 1,250 homes, and major development is also planned for the Moreton Hall estate, also in the south-east of the town.
John Corrie, 67, of Rushbooke Lane, said the proposed location of the waste transfer station was “completely inappropriate,” suggesting, like Mr Beckwith, the Suffolk Business Park at Moreton Hall as a more suitable site.
The environment assessment report said in order to facilitate waste operations within the county, it would operate 24 hours a day 365 days a year, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “As the plans stand, there would be 61 extra vehicles accessing the site per day, and where there are more vehicles, it would be during quieter periods during the day and not during peak times.
“Most vehicles would access the site via the A14 using the existing dual carriageway. The waste team has carried out appropriate impact assessments and believe that there would be limited impact on the overall number of HGVs on the key highway routes in the vicinity of the site.
“A consultation has already been carried out and now that the application has been submitted, there are further opportunities for people to make their views known.
“The county council’s development control committee, which acts independently, will consider the application in October this year.”
Odour from the site was another concern expressed by residents, but a report with the planning application said measures would be in place to mitigate this, including odour abatement sprays inside the building.