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Fear number of rubbish trucks in Cornish village could double

Fear number of rubbish trucks in Cornish village could double

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:14am 24th June 2020. (Updated at 7:15am 24th June 2020)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

People living near a rubbish dump say they fear that plans to add more facilities could lead to the number of lorries going to the site doubling.

St Pinnock Parish Council and people living in East Taphouse are now looking to oppose plans to expand Connon Bridge recycling and recovery centre.

A scoping exercise is currently being carried out by operators Suez Cornwall which is seeking views before submitting a planning application.

It is understood that the plans will include a centre for the processing of food waste and also proposals for road sweeping waste to be taken to the centre.

Residents in East Taphouse fear that the new plans indicate that Cornwall Council could be going against original plans for the site to close by 2036.

Janise Philp, who lives near the site, said: “They want to start bringing in all road sweepings here and have a site for food waste, that will increase the lorry movements going from 100 to 204 a day.

“We are really going to fight this one, we feel that Cornwall Council are going back on their word.”

Under a new waste collection contract due to be rolled out next year Cornwall Council is to start a weekly food waste collection service. The contract will also see rubbish and recycling collected fortnightly.

Janise said that residents feared that the food waste being taken to Connon Bridge could result in smells in the local area.

St Pinnock Parish Council has indicated that it is “very much against these proposals” and in a newsletter to residents has encouraged people to make comments once a planning application is submitted.

The letter states: “Connon Bridge is set in the rural countryside and we therefore consider that this is an inappropriate use of the site. It
should be allowed to revert back to nature – which is what they have done with United Mines landfill site and we were given to understand would happen here.”

Phil Seeva, Cornwall councillor for Menheniot and local councillor for the area, said he sympathised with residents in East Taphouse.

He said: “What has happened with Connon Bridge over the last four or five years there have been some concerns that it is not heading in the right direction.

“But it is very early days with this plan and the scoping process is only underway at the moment. I have had discussions with the officers and the parish council to look at what has been said.”

Cllr Seeva said that the scoping exercise was due to be completed in the next week or two and a planning application was then expected to be submitted.

He said: “Among East Taphouse residents they through it was heading for a closure and there is a sense that it not what is happening. I have some sympathy for them.

“The closure date is 2036 and as far as I am concerned it is still 2036.”

Cllr Seeva said that Suez and Cornwall Council had been open about the plans and would be listening to local concerns which are raised during the scoping exercise and in any consultation.

He said that when a planning application is submitted people will have the chance to submit their comments and have their say.

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