Council publishes summary results on West Suffolk Operational Hub consultation

Bury's Household Waste Recycling Centre
Bury's Household Waste Recycling Centre

A farm in Risby has emerged as the most popular site for the controversial West Suffolk Operational Hub (WSOH).

More than 550 people responded to a public consultation on the proposal earlier this year and this week a preliminary summary was published showing the most commonly raised issues.

The document – available to view at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/wsoh – shows that most respondents (266) disagreed with the partner councils’ preferred option of bringing waste operations and facilities together on a single site.

Many supported retaining or expanding the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Rougham Hill, Bury St Edmunds – 136 and 177 people respectively – while Symonds Farm, in Risby, proved the most popular suggestion for a site, though mostly for a standalone waste transfer station, followed by the Suffolk Business Park, land near Rougham Industrial estate, RAF Mildenhall and Tut Hill.

The councils’ previously preferred Hollow Road Farm site featured heavily in people’s comments, with 139 concerned about the capacity of transport infrastructure near the site and 127 opposing its use due to the impact of increased traffic on the nearby communities.

Adrian Graves, spokesman for the community liaison group, set up to scrutinise the consultation process, said the councils’ headline analysis confirmed the group’s own findings.

But he warned that the councils’ interpretation of the results would be key and said the group would want to review the detailed analysis before councillors meet to consider it in June.

He said: “We think they’ve done a very good job but we have concerns that they will oversimplify what people have actually said in order to underpin their own wishes going forward.”