Long Crendon firm face fight for survival

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A LONG Crendon recycling firm faces closure after it’s plans to open a waste centre in the village were rejected last week.

The decision means Bucks Recycling will be made homeless next year and could see 34 people from the area lose their jobs.

The company’s current lease at Worminghall expires in March and manager Tricia Murray says time is running out to save her firm.

She said: “It is sad for us because if we don’t find somewhere to go, we will have to be bought out or the company will wind up as you cannot run a company without a premises.

“We want to do things right at a proper site but we are really struggling just because of the nature of what we are.

“We just need someone, somewhere to say we can have a site there.”

The refusal came at a Bucks County Council planning meeting last week and has left Mrs Murray with few options left to save her business.

She said: “I have been searching for seven years and this seems to be the perfect site so I was very disappointed to say the least.

“We are continuing to look high and low but after seven years it is highly unlikely that something will come up now.”

But Mrs Murray has not give up all hope of moving to her home village, after confirming

she would look into appealing against the decision.

“We will meet with the planning officers to see if an appeal might be looked upon favourably,” she said.

“If we are to pursue it then we would hold an open public discussion where everybody can come along so they can see the real site and what the proposal really means.”

The plans from Bucks Recycling were heavily criticised by villagers, who grouped together to fight the proposals.

Leaflets were put through each door warning against the plans and many villagers as well as MP John Bercow wrote letters of concern to the council.

After the decision, concerned resident TIm Soar, who led the campaign against the plans, said: “This is good news for everyone who got involved – we saw through their arguments which were based on wild assumptions.”