Large waste plant could come to Long Crendon

PLANS to build a large recycling centre in Long Crendon will go under the microscope at a meeting on Monday.

Parish council bosses fear many in the village may not be aware of the bid by waste firm Bucks Recycling Ltd, and opponents have warned that lorries could cause a headache for villagers.

But the firm says its proposals to set up a plant in Drakes Drive on the Long Crendon Industrial Estate will mean there will be fewer trucks on village roads.

Owner Tricia Murray, who lives in Long Crendon, said yesterday: “I’ve had someone on the phone saying she’s heard there will be 700 lorries going through the village, which is completely untrue.

“This will mean less HGVs going through the villages, because we would be linking up with the main road network.”

Planning documents submitted to County Hall say that the new plant, if given the go-ahead, would be able to cope with up to 100,000 tonnes of building waste each year.

The firm says that its current site in Worminghall, which opened in 2000, is no longer suitable, and as a result it now needs to find a new home.

A planning application lodged at County Hall says the company has struggled to find industrial sites because waste recycling is seen as ‘unneighbourly’.

The company boss said the five acre site, next to Drakes Farm, will mean cardboard and wood can be stockpiled, resulting in fewer road trips and less waste going into recycling.

She said: “We’re going to be able to recycle 90 per cent of everything that comes in.

“It’s going to be in a dip, so it won’t be visible from any of the residential homes.”

On Monday evening, Long Crendon Parish Council’s planning committee will weigh up whether to back the proposal.

Mike Le Brun, the council’s deputy leader, said: “This is clearly a worrying application for people, but because it’s being handled by Bucks County Council I don’t think there’s been a lot of publicity.

“My best advice for people who want to find out more is to come to the meeting.”

Long Crendon resident Tim Soar said: “Of all my neighbours who overlook the site, none of them have any idea about this.

“If people do feel strongly about this, they have to make their feelings known now.”

The meeting will be at 7.30pm at the sports pavilion in Chearsley Road.