With com­mu­nity ed­i­tor

Mort Smith

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE AND PLACES -

EV­ERY time there is a pro­posal to site a ma­jor civil en­gi­neer­ing project vir­tu­ally any­where in the coun­try, there is almost guar­an­teed to be an out­cry against it with peo­ple list­ing a host of rea­sons why it isn’t suit­able to be lo­cated near their homes.

Take the case of a new waste trans­fer sta­tion which FCC En­vi­ron­ment wants to build at London Road East, half way in be­tween Amer­sham and Chal­font St Giles.

The company had al­ready had one ap­pli­ca­tion – sub­mit­ted in 2012 – turned down but it has now sub­mit­ted a mod­i­fied plan to Bucks County Coun­cil which fea­tures a smaller and more com­pact struc­ture.

The idea be­hind the pro­posal is that the London Road site would sort out waste from the sur­round­ing area be­fore shipping some of it to a £200mil­lion in­cin­er­a­tor based at Calvert in north Bucks.

Lo­cals have formed a group – called The Wasters – to op­pose the scheme and ar­gue that the London Road site is not suit­able and that the vol­ume of lor­ries vis­it­ing the site with loads of rub­bish will cause prob­lems on the sur­round­ing roads.

FCC En­vi­ron­ment says it has spent a lot of time lis­ten­ing to peo­ple’s con­cerns and taken them into con­sid­er­a­tion when fi­nal­is­ing its pro­pos­als.

But that clearly hasn’t held much sway with The Wasters.

This is a prob­lem which is not go­ing to go away any time soon.

You have to have some sym­pa­thy with the pro­tes­tors who cer­tainly don’t want trucks car­ry­ing all man­ner of waste thun­der­ing past their front doors, de­stroy­ing the road sur­face (as if we haven’t got enough trou­ble with pot­holes al­ready) and gen­er­ally hold­ing up the traf­fic and caus­ing a nui­sance.

But at the same time, we have to ac­cept that the county coun­cil needs bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture in place to deal with the ever-in­creas­ing vol­ume of waste that we pro­duce. We can’t just keep bury­ing it in holes in the ground be­cause the long-term con­se­quences of that are likely to be dire.

If there is some­where more sen­si­ble (and prac­ti­cal) to site a waste trans­fer sta­tion, let’s hear about it...

Con­tact me at mort.smith@trin­i­tymiror. com

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