Waste site re-model on agenda

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COUNCILLORS will be recommended to allocate funding for a radical re-modelling of the waste management site at Eastwood when they meet next week.

Calderdale Council is keen to make the site safer, easier to use, and end the problems caused by occasional queuing of traffic onto the busy A646 which adjoins the site.

The site is currently used as a household waste recycling centre handling 5,500 tonnes of material a year. It is used for transferring doorstep recycling collections from the upper Calder Valley onto larger vehicles.

Following extensive consultation over the last year, the proposed plan would see demolition of the existing waste sheds.

This would result in the site being used purely as a household waste recycling centre for the general public.

It would be re-ordered with clear separation of the general public and larger vehicles.

Re-cyclables collected from homes would be transferred to larger vehicles in Halifax, reducing the intensity of use at Eastwood.

Coun Janet Battye said: “This proposal before cabinet should enable us to improve safety and recycling levels at Eastwood. At the same time it has the potential to improve local amenity, including bus stop and access ways for local residents.

“It’s been important to listen to the concerns of the residents of Eastwood who live so close to this site. I hope and believe that we’ve got their support for this - and that it will make much better use of this site as a household waste recycling centre.”

Work to improve vehicle access to Victoria Terrace could also be included in the project.