An initial spend of £100,000 needed for joint waste site

The current Household Waste Recycling Centre at Rougham Hill
The current Household Waste Recycling Centre at Rougham Hill
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St Edmundsbury Borough Council is expected to allocate £100,000 towards securing land to be used as a joint waste transfer site and vehicle depot.

The borough wants to work with Suffolk County Council in creating a shared site for the county’s waste transfer station and the borough’s waste collection, street cleaning, grounds maintenance and fleet vehicles.

This would free up the existing depot next to West Suffolk House in Western Way which could be used for further shared facilities between public sector organisations.

Currently Suffolk County Council wants to create a waste transfer site at its household waste recycling centre on Rougham Hill. Local objection to the plan have lead to a judicial review on July 9 and 10.

The county has also agreed to look at other sites proposed by the borough.

A report to Monday’s full borough council meeting says the money allocated from reserves would secure a land option, employ a project manager and gain guidances from technical consultants.

Recouping the £100,000 would be factored into the project’s business case says the report. A development brief would be formed later this year with planning consent being sought between December and March.

Council leader John Griffiths said: “Not only do we want an alternative waste transfer site to Rougham Hill, we would also want to move our depot operations to that new site.”