Landfill site plans cause uproar

PUBLISHED: 11:28 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:24 10 May 2010

LANDFILL site plans near to Great Canfield have caused uproar with local residents and parish councillors. If agreed, waste would come from Harlow, Brentwood, Uttlesford and Braintree in trucks arriving every 10 minutes, before being composted in a large

LANDFILL site plans near to Great Canfield have caused uproar with local residents and parish councillors.

If agreed, waste would come from Harlow, Brentwood, Uttlesford and Braintree in trucks arriving every 10 minutes, before being composted in a large indoor facility and then dumped into the ground.

However, parish councillor, Henry Green, speaking on behalf of residents, said: "There are major concerns over smells and increased traffic with lorries carrying 20 tons of waste and 82 extra deliveries per day.

"We do not want this structure and can argue that no landfill is in line with government policy."

David Marsh, from Edwards Waste Management, who own the site at Crumps Farm, said: "Currently waste is collected and goes to landfill in nearby Ugley, but that site will close this year and then the waste will have to go to other places.

"It will become someone else's problem. Policy says waste should be dealt with locally and we need to sort out a solution.

"Routing of lorries is not enforceable but we will instruct them to take a route out of the village to the new A120. However, not all vehicles will be under our control."

Crumps Farm is currently a quarry for London based clay, creating a vast hole. Once finished the hole is set be filled in with the waste before green areas and parkland is built on top.

Essex County Council is dealing with the application and a spokesman said: "The current status of this application is that we are still in consultation and have not yet received all responses."

The council is expected to make a final decision later this year.

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