Plans for new Houghton Regis waste and highways centre on view

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Local people are being invited to view and comment on plans for a new waste and highways centre at Thorn Turn at two public information events at Houghton Regis Library.

The events tomorrow (March 26) and on Friday (March 27) from 2pm to 8pm are part of a consultation seeking feedback on initial proposals for the 9.8 hectare site, which is equivalent to the size of 15 football pitches, off Thorn Road, Houghton Regis.

A waste transfer station, a household waste recycling centre and a highways depot are included in the ‘hub’.

The proposed development is part of Central Bedfordshire Council’s long term waste management plans. The waste transfer station will take in waste and recycling from kerbside collections and bulk it up ready to be transported in larger vehicles to treatment or reprocessing facilities.

The new household waste recycling centre, replacing the current Dunstable facility, will include a raised area where residents can easily deposit waste into the skips below.

The highways depot would provide a winter maintenance facility for storing salt and housing the council’s gritting fleet, plus highways team office accommodation, storage areas and a vehicle maintenance building.

Members of the council project team as well as planning and design consultants Atkins, will be on hand at the events to answer questions and queries. More details about the proposals including visuals, background information and a feedback form, are available on Central Bedfordshire Council’s website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations

The consultation is open until Monday, April 27. Feedback will be used to shape the council’s planning application for this proposed development, to be submitted in spring 2015.