Have your say on Suffolk’s waste hub proposals

A waste transfer station in March, Cambridgeshire ANL-160119-144722001
A waste transfer station in March, Cambridgeshire ANL-160119-144722001

The public have been given a chance to voice their opinions on plans for a centralised waste hub in Suffolk.

St Edmundsbury Borough, Forest Heath District and Suffolk County Councils have hosted a number of consultation meetings to show how they came up with the preferred site location of Hollow Road Farm in Bury for the planned West Suffolk Operational Hub.

Around 60 people attended a meeting at the Unitarian Meeting House in Bury on Friday with a further 100 attending the Apex on Saturday.

Another meeting is taking place today from 4pm to 8pm at St John’s Centre in St Johns Street, Bury.

Most members of the public seemed to agree with the essence of the proposal, saying they thought the premise of a centralised waste hub was a good idea.

However, some had concerns about the councils’ preferred site option.

Others questioned why there had been no costing completed for the 19 potential waste hub sites.

One Bury resident said: “I can see the point of avoiding taking the waste up there and then bringing it all the way back and I think they have chosen the right place for it in Bury.

“I would have thought that they could have supplied some comparative costing figures for each site though.”

Cllr Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, said the council hadn’t created business plans for every site in Bury but had worked out the town was best suited to host the hub.

He said: “We have used a computer programme to model precisely where we want to put this transfer station and we are certain it makes good financial sense for that to be in Bury”.

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “It has been really encouraging to see so many people taking an interest in how we deal with their waste by coming along to our drop-in sessions, asking questions and engaging with the consultation process.

“We would like to thank them all and remind people that there is a further drop-in event at the St John’s Centre in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday 19 January, from 4-8pm, and also a public meeting on January 29 in the Athenaeum at 7pm.

“The councils welcome as many comments as possible on any or all of the questions in the feedback form, available online at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/wsoh or at the various information points, such as Bury library, the Apex and West Suffolk House.”