Legal action threatened over plans to build waste transfer station on Rougham Hill in Bury St Edmunds

The Household Waste Recycling Centre, on Rougham Hill, Bury St Edmunds
The Household Waste Recycling Centre, on Rougham Hill, Bury St Edmunds
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Residents are threatening a council with legal action to force it to abandon plans to build a waste transfer station on Rougham Hill in Bury St Edmunds.

Adrian Williams, John Corrie and county and borough concillor Trevor Beckwith arranged for a pre-action letter to be sent to Suffolk County Council bosses asking them quash planning permission to set up the facility at Rougham Hill Household Waste Recycling Centre.

If the authority refuses, the trio may seek a judicial review on the issue, which could cost about £40,000.

The move comes after the authority decided last week to consider alternative sites and gave St Edmundsbury Borough Council until January 10 to put forward other options.

In a joint statement, Mr Williams, of Byfield Way, and Mr Corrie, of Rusbrooke Lane, said the judicial review ‘may not be needed if the council quickly sees sense and formally revokes the idea of using Rougham Hill’.

They said: “But we can’t be sure of that and that is why we need to keep the pressure on.”

The pair said there were alternatives outside residential areas, which would avoid the plan to halve the size and capacity of the household waste recycling centre and build a shed to deal with 95,000 tonnes of grey bin waste a year next to 1,250 proposed new homes.

The letter, which cost £1,800 from their own pockets, claims six grounds for action including the council ‘failed to consider the risk of odours and bioaerosols, failed to require an environmental impact assessment and failed to consider the risk of HGV emissions’.

Speaking to the Bury Free Press, Mr Williams said they had a ‘big decision to make’ if the council declined their request and did not accept an alternative site.

They are approaching organisations to see if they would foot the bill for a judicial review but they would also consider a ‘community fighting fund’.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “We have received a pre action protocol letter concerning the decision to grant planning permission for the Rougham Hill Waste Transfer Station. We recognise the right of the resident to make representations and will of course respond in due course. We are, however, confident that the decision was taken appropriately.”

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