Plans revealed for a purpose-built recycling facility in Haverhill
A proposal to build a new and improved household recycling centre in Haverhill has been welcomed by one of the town's county councillors.
Suffolk County Council is working alongside FCC Environment and West Suffolk Council to investigate the feasibility of building the new recycling centre.
The option of a site at the existing Waste Transfer Station at Homefield Road could provide a bigger recycling centre with improved access which would lead to less congestion and queuing.
The waste transfer station operations would continue to take in waste from homes and businesses from parts of the West Suffolk Council area, for bulking and transporting onwards for reprocessing.
The current Haverhill recycling centre site at Chalkstone Way has previously been identified as requiring improvements or relocation as part of the council’s programme of recycling centre improvements.
The current size of the site will not be sufficient to cope with the growth in housing that is forecast for the Haverhill area.
Early plans for the new site involve designing out the need for steps, making it safer and easier for people to recycle their rubbish and also removing the need for the site to close for bin changes as the operational vehicles would be kept separate from the public.
Suffolk county councillor for Haverhill, David Roach, said: “Haverhill’s county councillors have been doing a lot of work on reshaping our recycling centre and it was clear that an extension or improvements to the current site would not be the best option for Haverhill.
“A new purpose built site on Homefield Road allows us to have a facility that can cope with the growth of the town.
“It will be more accessible with level access and easier for people to use.
“It takes away the problems the current site has with queueing and congestion and having to climb steps to reach the containers. It represents a large investment in Haverhill’s waste services.
“The proposal will now need to go through the various processes to bring it into being.
“I look forward to the detailed plans in due course and want to thank Cllr Paul West Cabinet member for waste at SCC , Cllr Peter Stevens at WSDC and FCC waste for their support.”
Cllr Paul West, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for waste, said: “This is an opportunity to improve on the service provided in Haverhill to ensure that the centre is fit for purpose for many years to come.
“The site at Homefield Road is ideally located, and offers a more cost-effective solution for the Haverhill area.
“We are currently in discussions with stakeholders on the feasibility of these plans and are undertaking site investigation works.”
Peter Stevens, West Suffolk Council Portfolio Holder for Operations, said: “We are pleased to be working with the County Council and FCC Environment to look at this opportunity to improve recycling and waste facilities in the growing town of Haverhill.
“If it goes ahead it will bring improved recycling facilities to the town, similar to those now open at the award winning West Suffolk Operational Hub near Bury St Edmunds.
“This will further help residents do their bit for the environment while the continued use of the waste transfer station will help us continue to provide efficient operations which reduces mileage and impact on the local area.”
Steve Longdon, Operations Director, FCC Environment said: “We are pleased to bring our knowledge and experience of operating nearly 100 local recycling centres in association with our clients across the country to support Suffolk County Council in the development of plans to design, build and operate a new and improved facility which will bring huge benefit to the local community as well helping with the national push for ever more recycling.”