Villagers’ relief at toxic waste decision

NON-hazardous waste is to be tipped at Warboys Landfill site in Puddock Hill from next month, allaying concerns that hazardous waste could make a return. Warboys fought a six-year battle to stop toxic waste being dumped at the landfill. And while the deci

NON-hazardous waste is to be tipped at Warboys Landfill site in Puddock Hill from next month, allaying concerns that hazardous waste could make a return.

Warboys fought a six-year battle to stop toxic waste being dumped at the landfill.

And while the decision to dump non-hazardous waste will mean more noise and vehicle movement around the site, residents were pleased with the outcome.

John Dennis, chairman of the Warboys Landfill Action Group, said: "We have achieved much of what we fought so long and hard for. The village accepted the landfill site back in the 1990s before the action group was formed.

"Our mandate has been to oppose the deposit of further hazardous waste and to ensure that the hazardous waste already there is made as safe as possible."

He added: "The downside is that for the next three years or so we will have numbers of large, articulated vehicles around the village."

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Mr Dennis said there was still an issue over which roads the lorries would use to access the site.

"According to the regulations governing site operations, the only suitable vehicular access to the site is Fenside Road but that is not legally enforceable.

"All our efforts to interest the authorities in the problem have failed. Much is going to depend on the attitude and skill of the individual drivers.

"During the last phase of operations several vehicles en route to the site overturned. Most of these incidents occurred on the back road to St Ives between Fenton and the B1086 junction."

Mr Dennis said new owners of the site, Woodford, wanted to cause minimum disruption by avoiding the village centre.

He said: "Their own drivers are already under instruction to avoid the High Street unless their business is in the village itself. Villagers should get the registration number of the vehicle if they can or at least the company logo and telephone 01487 824240.

"Offensive odours should be reported to the Environment Agency, as soon as possible by telephoning 0800 807060."

Once the landfill site in Warboys is filled, the long-term plan is to reclaim the land.

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