Landfill site back on list of dumps

WARBOYS landfill site – the subject of a months-long public inquiry last year – is back in a list of sites proposed for dumping waste. The site at Puddock Hill, north of the village, between Warboys Wood and Pingle Wood, is proposed for hazardous landfill

WARBOYS landfill site - the subject of a months-long public inquiry last year - is back in a list of sites proposed for dumping waste.

The site at Puddock Hill, north of the village, between Warboys Wood and Pingle Wood, is proposed for hazardous landfill and for continued recycling of non-hazardous waste.

Two years ago, Cambridgeshire County Council turned down a planning application to dump 350,000 tonnes of hazardous material there over a four-year period. The site's owners, Fenside Waste Management Limited, appealed, and a public inquiry began on March 1, 2005.

The inquiry was scheduled to last a month but, so closely were the company's expert witnesses probed by objectors that the appellants' case did not finish until July.


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Then they dramatically abandoned their appeal, saying it was clear the Inspector was going to find against them. The objectors were later awarded costs.

Fenside has promised a new planning application for the site after further supporting evidence has been amassed. When it comes, the company can rely on massive local protest once again.

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Huntingdonshire District Council's cabinet will consider the matter again tomorrow (Thursday).

It is likely to renew opposition to the plan - it objected to the previous application on grounds of odour affecting the village community.

A report from planning officers says the county refused the earlier application because of "sufficiently serious risks to human health and the water environment, stress on the social and economic fabric of the local community and the impact of odours. Those reasons still apply.

"In addition, the road infrastructure in this location is poor and the impact of the proposal on the local road network would require careful assessment and appropriate mitigation measures."

The officers also point out that a large area of the site is designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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