A new Waste Plan is being drawn up to decide on sites for future waste and recycling facilities.

The plan includes an extended household recycling centre (HRC) at Louds Mill, Dorchester and a waste-transfer station at the Old Radio Station site on the Bridport Road, where material will be transferred from collection vehicles to larger vehicles for transfer to landfill or recycling plants for final disposal.

An extension to the Maiden Newton sewage treatment works is also proposed, while land at Bourne Park, Piddlehinton, is included in the plan for green-waste composting.

Public hearing sessions were held earlier in the summer to consider the proposals.

Both Dorchester sites could be options for future housing needs or business use, however. The county council says it is aware the West Dorset Local Plan is currently under review and options are being considered for the growth of Dorchester.

A Dorset Coußnty Council report says “it recognises that in future it is possible that a suitable alternative option for an HRC could emerge”.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for natural and built environment, said quote:
“We strongly encourage people to give us their views on the proposed changes over the next six weeks. This is people’s final opportunity to have their say on proposals.”

A consultation will run until 15 October – visit www.dorsetforyou.com/waste-plan

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