Concerns about potential travel problems which could be generated by West Suffolk waste hub

West Suffolk Operational Hub ANL-151103-141558001
West Suffolk Operational Hub ANL-151103-141558001
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Concerns have been raised about traffic problems that could be generated by a new hub to deal with waste in West Suffolk.

The West Suffolk Operational Hub would include a vehicle depot, waste transfer station and public household waste recycling centre on a single site at Hollow Road Farm, in Fornham St Martin.

A pre-planning consultation has been launched on the joint initiative, which is between St Edmundsbury Borough, Forest Heath District and Suffolk County Councils.

A meeting of the county council’s Bury Our Place Forum on Monday heard concerns about the impact on traffic in the area.

Mark Walsh, head of operations for West Suffolk, said a ‘particular concern’ of residents is vehicles ‘rat running’ down roads in the area. He said he wanted to assure them that this wouldn’t be the case as refuse vehicles would be coming off and on junction 43 of the A14.

Cllr David Nettleton said that with 1,250 homes being built at Great Barton there would be an increased traffic impact. He said: “I don’t see how it can’t have a detrimental impact on traffic flow.”

Steve Palfrey, head of waste at the county council, said traffic peaks generated from the site don’t coincide with the peaks of the highway network. Mr Walsh said the main council traffic - bin lorries - would leave before the morning rush hour. In terms of public use, he added there would be a long access road to avoid vehicles queuing outside the site.

The consultation ends on April 6. A drop in event will be held at Great Barton Village Hall on Monday from 3pm to 8pm. For more details, visit www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/wsoh