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Waste hub contractor vows to engage with community as work begins




Ground breaking at the West Suffolk operational hub site, Hollow Farm Road.... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2862966)
Ground breaking at the West Suffolk operational hub site, Hollow Farm Road.... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2862966)

Construction is underway on a £32 million West Suffolk waste hub - with contractors vowing to engage with communities during the project.

The development aims to streamline waste services on a single 16 acre site at Hollow Road Farm, in Fornham St Martin, to offer a waste transfer station, household waste recycling centre, vehicle workshop and re-use shop.

We would like to assure residents that we will be doing everything in our power to ensure minimal disruption - Saul Humphrey, Morgan Sindall

Contractor Morgan Sindall has developed a community engagement programme to work throughout the project with a Community Liaison Group, which was set up in December 2015 to scrutinise the controversial scheme.

Cllr Sarah Broughton, chair of the Community Liaison Group and St Edmundsbury Borough Council ward member for nearby Great Barton, said: "The local community has held this project to account from the outset, and through its activism and tenacity has influenced the design and delivery of the site.

"Construction will bring its own challenges and I welcome the contractor's commitment to engaging with residents through the Community Liaison Group, to keep them involved and informed."

The site is being developed by St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District Councils as well as Suffolk County Council.

A computer generated aerial view of the proposed Hollow Road Farm waste and recycling centre or hub. (2876930)
A computer generated aerial view of the proposed Hollow Road Farm waste and recycling centre or hub. (2876930)

Saul Humphrey, managing director for Morgan Sindall's East region, added: "We would like to assure residents that we will be doing everything in our power to ensure minimal disruption while work on-site is carried out."

The chairman of Fornham St Martin cum St Genevieve, Great Barton and Fornham All Saints parish councils have welcomed efforts to work with the community.

Philip Reeve, of Great Barton, said: "It's essential with a big project that there's community involvement."

Michael Collier, of Fornham St Martin, said: " We want to do everything we can to make sure things are as smooth as possible and they're aware of our concerns."

Howard Quayle, of Fornham All Saints, said: " It's a channel of communication."

Morgan will present the finds of an archaeological study at a coffee morning at Great Barton Village Hall on July 16 from 10am to noon.



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