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Dereham recycling centre plans revealed

PUBLISHED: 12:10 03 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:27 07 July 2010

Plans for a long-awaited household waste recycling centre in Dereham were revealed today.

Norfolk County Council announced plans for a £1 million state of the art facility for the town and said the council intended to submit a planning application for the proposed site this month.

Plans for a long-awaited household waste recycling centre in Dereham were revealed today.

Norfolk County Council announced plans for a £1 million state of the art facility for the town and said the council intended to submit a planning application for the proposed site this month.

The council said the new plans were substantially different to previous proposals and the centre should offer the widest possible range of recycling facilities from green garden waste to household batteries.

It said the new proposal takes into account residents' concerns about the impact of traffic on the local road network expressed during the previous planning process.

The proposed site for the centre is the north end of Trafalgar Business Park, off Rash's Green, and it is further away from residential neighbours than previous proposals.

The plans show the centre would have a one way entry and exit traffic system - with vehicles entering the site from Yaxham Road and exiting via Rash's Green.

Dereham's new centre would be similar to the one at King's Lynn which was opened in November 2008 and where recycling rates have increased by nearly a fifth.

If planning permission is approved, the new site at Dereham would become Norfolk's eighth main recycling centre and provide facilities for paint disposal, a pay-as-you-throw service for DIY waste, and a bring and buy reuse area for non-electrical household items and bric-a-brac.

Ian Monson, Norfolk County Council's cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “Our new plans to deliver the best possible recycling facilities for Dereham and surrounding villages have been designed to also provide robust solutions to people's concerns about its possible impact on the local neighbourhood, particularly in relation to traffic.

“Our intention is to submit a planning application in November and residents will be able to express their views about these important proposals as part of the planning process. Subject to planning, we hope to be able to begin construction next summer and open the site in autumn 2010.”

Phillip Duigan, county councillor for Dereham South, said: “The people of Dereham and its surrounding villages have waited a long time for this and I hope the new plans meet their expectations. If so, and the proposals do go ahead, lots of people will be able to empty their sheds, garages and lofts.”

Mark Allen, head of environment and waste said: “Compared with the rest of Norfolk, Dereham and its surrounding villages are currently underserved with recycling facilities - a situation we are keen to resolve.

“We fully understand residents' interest in a new site in the town. Our plans have been carefully designed to ensure that the site has minimal impact on surrounding neighbourhoods, particularly by proposing a new location and one-way traffic system.

“The site would be built to the latest and highest standards, including concrete surfacing, controlled drainage and full CCTV. It would also be subject to control by the licensing regime of the Environment Agency.”

During November leaflets providing information about the proposed site location, layout and one-way traffic system will be available around Dereham, including the library and Breckland District Council offices.

Residents can also find out more information about the proposals by calling Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8004, emailing recycling@norfolk.gov.uk or visiting www.norfolk.gov.uk/recycling


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