Residents in favour of new recycling centre proposals

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Residents in favour of new recycling centre proposals

West Oxfordshire District Council is proposing to develop a household recycling centre, subject to planning permission, at Greystones, a former council depot on the outskirts of Chipping Norton.

The proposed new centre would see an increase in the range of materials that can be recycled, compared to what is collected each week from household black recycling boxes.

It would reduce travel time for residents living in the north of the district as currently they need to drive to Banbury or Stanton Harcourt to dispose of some of their recycling materials.

Before submitting a planning application, the Council held a public consultation last month (2 July to 20 July) on the proposals.

Two hundred and fifty nine people attended exhibitions at Chipping Norton and Charlbury and information was also on the Council’s website – www.westoxon.gov.uk and in the local press.

Public response was overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals and of the 200 people that completed questionnaires, 97.5% were in favour of having a recycling centre to the north of the district and 94% were in favour of the planning proposals for Greystones.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment said, “The response we have received sends a clear message that residents in Chipping Norton and the surrounding area would like to see a household recycling centre at Greystones. West Oxfordshire residents are keen recyclers and this facility will benefit both the local community and the environment.”

Cllr Simon Hoare, Cabinet Member for Resources said, “We are convinced that this will be a good use for what is, in essence, a redundant piece of land in the Council’s ownership. I am delighted that lots of people came along to see the plans and were very positive about the scheme. Their feedback will help us move forward as we draw up a planning application.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted in the early autumn. Potentially the recycling centre could open early 2013.

The Centre is projected to generate the District Council an income of around £22,000 a year and pay for itself within 8 years.

A consultation review report will be posted on www.westoxon.gov.uk/consultations from mid-August.

Posted : 09/08/2012 16:16:41

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