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Support for new household recycling centre

Plans to create a new household recycling centre have moved a step closer, after gaining unanimous support from West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet.

Cabinet Members agreed to invest in the redevelopment of Greystones, a former council depot site in Chipping Norton, subject to both pre-planning consultation and the securing of planning permission.

Following the closure of Dean Pit, the Council has been exploring how it could provide a new facility at Greystones, supplying an important service to residents living in the north of the District. The Council and external advisers have been working on the feasibility of the project for five months.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “West Oxfordshire residents are keen recyclers and the Council is passionate about improving services that deliver long-term environmental benefits.

“Creating a household recycling centre at Greystones would provide a useful service for householders in Chipping Norton and surrounding area with more opportunities to recycle. Better facilities would also discourage fly-tipping, which is a concern for local people.”

The new recycling centre is projected to generate recycling income of around £22,000 a year and this will payback an initial investment of £190,000 over an 8-year period.

Cllr Simon Hoare, Cabinet Member responsible for Resources and Asset Management explains why the council-owned site would be a good investment for West Oxfordshire: “This is a very good proposal for Greystones and for the Council’s Asset Management Strategy. While the payback will be over eight years, we’ve decided to make this long term investment for the benefit of the north of the District. Our prudent management of the Council’s finances allows us to make such a long term investment.”

At present the site is largely redundant with only one of its 5 units occupied. Attempts to let the site have been unsuccessful. Rental income does not cover the costs of maintaining the site and business rates for the empty units.

The above decision, made by Cabinet, is subject to the usual call-in period.

Posted : 15/02/2012 17:14:34

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