Change to operating hours of proposed waste transfer station in Bury St Edmunds but concerns remain says councillor

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A major breakthrough in one of the stumbling blocks over a proposed waste centre in Bury St Edmunds has been made this week.

Suffolk County Council has submitted plans for a waste transfer station at Rougham Hill.

County Cllr Sarah Stamp who represents the Hardwick Division, said residents had raised concerns over the operating hours, impact on traffic, and said it was incompatible with St Edmundsbury Borough’s plans to build 1,250 homes nearby.

Now she has persuaded council bosses to reduce the operating hours from 24 hours day seven days a week, to a 6am to 10pm operation 362 days of the year.

“The operation hours was one of the major concerns. Residents know it was never going to be a 9am to 5pm operation but this is more acceptable,” Cllr Stamp said.

But she said the residents’ other concerns remained. She will be representing their views at a borough council development control consultation on October 3 and at the county development control meeting on October 17 when a decision is due.