With community editor
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...
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