Councils to vote on new Bury St Edmunds waste transfer site

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A public consultation on the relocation of waste disposal services in Bury St Edmunds is to launch next month if councillors agree to proceed with the plans.

The process would see Suffolk County, St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District Councils’ recycling, waste transfer and depot operations move onto one site at Hollow Road Farm, on the outskirts of Bury.

It forms part of a business case for the development of a West Suffolk Operational Hub, which would bring together other public sector organisations on the site.

The proposals would see the household waste recycling centre at Rougham Hill move to Hollow Road Farm and the closure of current depots in Bury and Mildenhall. If all stages are approved, the site could be open by early 2017.

Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, John Griffiths, said: “We have a strong, and very successful, track record of making large-scale savings from sharing services with other organisations and I am confident that together we can make a success of this new venture.”

All three councils’ cabinets are due to consider the proposal by February 24. If councillors agree to proceed, the consultation will begin on March 9.