July 25, 2008

Community Rejects Plan to Extend Life of Waste Tip

A rubbish tip in Cornwall will close in 2010 after local communities rejected a share of pounds1 million to prolong its life.

Cornwall County Council yesterday confirmed that the United Mines landfill site, near Redruth, will shut in two years' time, as planned.

Waste firm SITA had hoped to use the tip until 2012 to deposit a further 400,000 tons of rubbish. To compensate the parish councils affected, the company tabled the financial offer - the predicted costs of transporting the waste to Connon Bridge, near Liskeard.

However, local residents voted overwhelmingly against it. In Carharrack, 300 people were against allowing the dump to continue, with just 13 in favour.

Coun Adam Paynter, executive member for environment and heritage, said: "We, as the waste disposal authority, have listened to the local people in respect of the United Mines closure. We approached parish councils back in May with the proposals both to extend the life of the site and SITA Cornwall's offer for a community trust fund with an open-ended invitation for a response. Since receiving those responses, the decision has been taken to close the United Mines site in October 2010, as planned."

The news will be welcome in the area, particularly given that the site was controversially granted a 37-acre extension, despite a High Court challenge by the local community.

County councillor Mark Kaczmarek said people were "happy" at the outcome. But he stressed that he wanted a "cast iron guarantee" from the county council that the option will not be revisited, given potential delays facing the proposed incinerator planned for Mid- Cornwall.

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