Bury St Edmunds: Council to consider alternative waste transfer station site

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News that the county council is willing to consider alternative sites for a proposed waste transfer station on the outskirts of a Suffolk town has been welcomed.

Last month, Suffolk County Council’s development control committee approved a proposal for the facility to be built at the existing Rougham Hill Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), Bury St Edmunds.

Committee members heard that by building the station on the edge of the town, local refuse trucks would have shorter distances to travel to drop off waste collected in the town.

They were also told the new facility would make it easier for waste to be brought in and bulked up before being transferred to Suffolk’s energy from waste plant in Great Blakenham.

But following concerns from local people about the Rougham Hill site, the borough council asked whether a different location could be found for the waste transfer station, including potentially sharing a site with a new borough council depot.

The county has now committed to carrying out a full evaluation of any alternative location which is identified by the borough by January 10.

The next stage for the county’s waste department is to appoint a construction contractor and tender for a site operator.

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However, if an alternative site proves suitable, the county has said it will not award the contract for the Rougham Hill site.

John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “It is extremely welcome news that our residents and ward councillors have been listened to and we will take full advantage of this opportunity, following our request to Suffolk County Council.

“Borough councillors put forward the considerable concerns that we and our residents have, and we will now work closely with our county colleagues to see if either a shared site, or a more suitable location for a stand-alone waste transfer station, can be identified.”

The completed transfer station and reconfigured household waste site is due to open in November 2014. Mr Griffiths added: “It is extremely helpful of the county to agree to take a second look at this but we do understand there is a tight deadline.

“St Edmundsbury is also looking at the possibility of replacing our own depot and we will investigate if we could share somewhere other than Rougham Hill.”

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