Bury St Edmunds campaigners launch fighting fund appeal for legal battle against waste transfer station plans

Waste recycling centre on Rougham Hill
Waste recycling centre on Rougham Hill
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Campaigners are calling on Bury St Edmunds residents to pledge money to fund a legal battle to overturn a council’s controversial decision to build a waste transfer station on Rougham Hill.

The group has launched a fighting fund appeal to raise £25,000 to cover costs for a full judicial review to stop Suffolk County Council constructing the facility at the town’s existing household waste recycling centre.

It has objected to the location for several reasons - most notably that it will be next to 1,250 homes to be built in the Rushbrooke Lane area.

The group, which includes residents John Corrie, Adrian Williams and borough and county councillor Trevor Beckwith, say alternative sites have been proposed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council for the county to consider.

The trio already spent £12,000 of their own money to start the legal process with £7,000 in donations.

Mr Corrie said: “We’re on the verge of a hard won victory for common sense and democracy and we believe we can do it but only if we can gain the vital financial support from the people of Bury St Edmunds.”

A borough council spokesman said: “We’re looking at alternative potential locations but no decisions have been made yet. It is very early days.”

A county council spokeswoman said they ‘remain convinced Rougham Hill is a suitable location’ and ‘welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the strength of the arguments for this proposal’.She added they have received proposals from the borough for a combined county waste transfer station and borough council depot and they are considering alternative sites ‘based on their merits’.

Cheques for the fighting fund can be made payable to Richard Buxton Solicitors to Adrian Williams, 1 Byfield Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2SN, marked ‘WTS’ on the envelope, with details of donors. Refunds will be made if the team wins the case and recovers its legal costs. Email williams@byfieldway.plus.com