Disappointment as plans for recycling centre approved

08:30 31 July 2014

A councillor has hit out at planning rules after an application for a recycling plant was approved despite wide-spread local opposition.

Cambridgeshire County Council has granted permission for the plant, which will be run by London firm Winters Haulage, on land adjacent to the Royston sewage treatment works.

Royston town council opposed the plan earlier this year, but members of the county council’s planning committee approved the plans unanimously.

The site of the plant is just on the Cambridgeshire side of the county boundary, and town councillor John Davidson said he was “disappointed” with the decision.

He said: “I am very disappointed and concerned that CCC have approved the planning application for the waste recycling plant just on the other side of the A 505 within a few hundred yards of the north boundary of Royston’s housing.

“Both Royston Town Council and Bassingbourn-cum Kneesworth Parish Council were against the application concerned about the noise, dust, smell and additional HGV traffic.

“I’m a firm believer that planning decisions should be made by the Authority that is affected most. Let them make the decisions and live with the results. It is sad this is not the case.”

The recycling centre is the latest in a string of plans proposed for the Cambridgeshire side of the border. As reported in The Crow in May, town councillors suggested that a change to the county boundary be made so that it doesn’t run so close to Royston, meaning local people would have more of a say in planning matters.

Planning permission for the recycling plant is subject to 11 conditions. This include the installation of a slip road to serve traffic to the site, as well as additional trees being planted to screen it from surrounding homes and countryside.

*What do you think about the county boundaries? Email postbag@royston-crow.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

17:02
Protestors outside the public exhibition

People were invited to have their say and to ask questions about plans for a solar farm development in Guilden Morden.

Ben Lewis receiving the chains from former mayor Victoria Hulstrom-Allen.

A young pilot says helping families will be a number one priority after he took the mayoral chains.

08:32
Lorna Woo-Sam

A student from Royston will be cycling 200 miles across the channel to raise money for charity.

07:08
Raghu Dixit is playing at Rhythms of the World 2015. Picture: Gomtesh Upadhye

Having played to crowds of more than 100,000, and performed at Glastonbury and in front of the Queen, you’d be forgiven for thinking Raghu Dixit’s return to Rhythms of the World would be a little unremarkable in his eyes.

”North

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition today E-edition