‘Inadequate’ waste site needs relocating

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Renewed calls have been made for Sudbury’s Recycling and Waste Centre, which many believe is no longer fit for purpose, to be relocated.

The tip in Sandy Lane has long been the subject of debate, with residents claiming it is outdated, can no longer cope with demand and exacerbates pollution in the town.

Edward Ward, a member of the Sandy Lane Action Group, formed two years ago in response to issues concerning the area, including the waste site, said Suffolk County Council had agreed, in principle, to move the centre, but it was not high on its list of priorities.

“Every single item of waste is transported through Sudbury and it adds to the pollution in Cross Street,” said Mr Ward.

“Access is down a single track so there are constant queues and it is not a user-friendly site.

“We are hopeful that something can be done to relocate it as it is not a sensible location.”

Mr Ward said the centre, which was built in the 1970s, failed to meet a range of requirements expected of modern recycling sites.

In the past, Suffolk County Council has said the cost of moving the centre could run in to millions of pounds.

At Sudbury Town Council’s annual meeting on Thursday, county councillor John Sayers said he was “fighting hard” for action.

One possible new site for the centre was available opposite B&Q on the Woodhall Business Park, said Mr Sayers.

“The centre is no longer adequate and causes lots of congestion in that area of town,” he said.

“A survey found that, on one day, it had 600 vehicles visit.

“Relocating it to an industrial area between KFC and the Melford Road roundabout would be much better.”