Waste centre plan delayed again

PUBLISHED: 14:59 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 07:11 30 May 2010

A WASTE management centre destined to be built on the edge of Dunmow has again been delayed. Dunmow county councillor, Susan Barker, described her dismay at the latest setback for the recycling and waste tip to be built on a site off Chelmsford Road, near

A WASTE management centre destined to be built on the edge of Dunmow has again been delayed.

Dunmow county councillor, Susan Barker, described her dismay at the latest setback for the recycling and waste tip to be built on a site off Chelmsford Road, near to the new police station.

The planning application has been withdrawn to investigate possible future threats from flooding. After a survey has been conducted it will be re-submitted.

Mrs Barker said: "It is very disappointing because the project has been stopping and starting for a number of years now - it feels that every time we get a step nearer something else gets in the way."

The site would be a central point in the area for residents and businesses to take household and green waste and dump them in containers to be compacted, cubed, and taken away.

The site will also house the fleet of Uttlesford District Council waste trucks currently based in New Street.

Although welcomed by a number of local people and councillors - all eager for a place to deposit rubbish and encourage recycling - the project has been met with some fierce opposition.

Brian Hockley lives within 200m of the site at Hoblongs Cottages, and has a huge banner outside his house reading 'No Rubbish Tip Here'.

Speaking at a discussion meeting last year he complained to council officers for continuing with the project and not listening to local views.

He said: "We don't want a rubbish tip on our doorsteps and I have the right to have a say about what happens so close to my home. We could be trapped here with the value of our house being lowered dramatically."

Mr Hockley and any other residents will have a say when a consultation period begins after the application is re-submitted.

An Essex Council spokesman said: "There is a delay due to a new requirement for a flood risk assessment to be undertaken. As soon as this is complete the new submission will progress and then enter the consultation stage.

"We are still committed to submitting the application and to continue the project as a whole."

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