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Hundreds object to Lower Compton Bassett waste proposal
11:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
THE bid to expand, as well as continue, the waste and recycling facilities which deal with rubbish from homes and businesses across the county is finally to be discussed by Wiltshire councillors, who have received hundreds of letters of objection.
Hills Waste Solutions’ landfill site and recycling centre at Lower Compton Bassett is one of the largest in the region. The firm is paid by Wiltshire Council to manage all its municipal waste.
It has applied to extend and permanently retain the materials recovery facility at Compton Bassett, where household waste is sorted and recyclable materials are collected.
It also hopes to build a new waste transfer station, from where lorries will take sorted materials elsewhere.
The two facilities would process around 12,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Hills also want to create a new waste materials recovery facility and a waste transfer station for industrial and commercial waste, which would handle around 85,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Planning permission for the existing materials recovery site only lasts until 2016.
Wiltshire Council has received 214 letters of objection and one to support the plan.
Objectors are worried by an increase in air pollution, traffic, noise and vibrations caused by extra lorries going back and forth.
Calne Town Council and the parish councils of Cherhill, Compton Bassett and Calne Without are against the plans, while a group of residents named the Wiltshire Waste Alliance has sent in technical submissions and a legal opinion.
An air quality management area was established in Calne in February after an assessment showed two areas where pollution levels were above government limits.
In response, Hills has reduced the capacity of the new industrial and commercial waste plant by 50,000 tonnes a year and intends to give £10,000 towards air quality monitoring equipment.
Planning officers have recommended the application for refusal, saying these measures are not enough.
The meeting on Wednesday will take place at the council office in Monkton Park, Chippenham, at 2pm.