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West Suffolk Waste hub campaigners argue over sites

Simon Harding, front left, with campaigners i n Rougham Hill ANL-150109-145807009
Simon Harding, front left, with campaigners i n Rougham Hill ANL-150109-145807009

Campaigners worried about where West Suffolk’s waste transfer hub will be clashed on a visit to a site some think could provide the answer.

Concerned Bury St Edmunds resident Simon Harding had arranged for people to visit disused land beside Defra’s animal health laboratory in Rougham Hill, near the household recycling centre.

He said: “I’m not really pushing this site, it’s a matter of just giving people the physical facts of this site.”

Mr Harding said that though housing was planned on the lorry park side of the road, it ‘will not have direct access’ to Rougham Hill.

But John Currie, one of the Rushbrook Lane residents who got a judicial review of plans to expand the recycling site, said the planned housing’s access would be via a road which will enter Rougham Hill near the recycling site.

He asked: “Would you want to be living next to a big shed handling 25,000 tonnes of rubbish?”

But Adrian Graves, whose home at Great Barton will be near the proposed hub site at Hollow Road Farm, felt the same about having it there.

He has seen other hubs and said: “Everywhere we went, all the waste transfer sites were on the extremities of industrial estates as far away as possible from residential areas.”

He suggested the county’s highways depot at Rougham Industrial Estate be moved to the Defra site and the waste hub built at Rougham.

Michael O’Donoghue from The Firs residential park, said they suffered noise from the lorry park and more lorries would ‘stop me sleeping’.

St Edmundsbury’s Cabinet will next week decide whether to seek a second round of consultation on the hub’s location.

Cllr Peter Stevens said: “I fully understand why people living near Hollow Road Farm would have concerns about our proposals and I hope that this further consultation will help to show the detailed work that has been carried out which led to the site bring identified as the preferred option.

But he said the council would consider ‘any credible alternatives’.


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