Residents can visit waste site at King’s Cliffe

The drainage layer is installed at a new landfill cell at Augean's King's Cliffe site
The drainage layer is installed at a new landfill cell at Augean's King's Cliffe site
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Residents are being invited to visit a landfill site at King’s Cliffe which last month received permission to double in size for use until 2026.

The controversial proposals were approved by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles following an inquiry by the National Infrastructure Planning Directorate.

Mr Pickles, who described the development as being of national importance, said the expansion of the site was necessary because of demand for landfill 
capacity.

Residents who formed the King’s Cliffe Waste Watchers group had opposed the 
plans.

The site already has permission to accept low-level radioactive waste.

Augean, which runs the East Northants Resource Management Facility at King’s Cliffe, Northamptonshire, says it is keen to show residents how the new landfill cell is being “engineered to meet the high standards needed to protect human and environmental 
health”.

Excavations have now been completed on the new site which is being opened to the public during the next phase of construction when the layers of engineered clay and artificial liner will be laid down and tested.

Group technical director for Augean Dr Gene 
Wilson said: “It is important for the local community to have confidence that the presence of the landfill is not harmful to human health or the environment.

“We hope that by seeing how the landfill cells are so carefully engineered that local people will feel reassured about Augean’s
 site operations.”

The engineering work at the site will be available to view each week day, by appointment, until Friday 23 August from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 9am to Monday.

The visit will take approximately one hour because of the need to comply with health and safety regulations.

To book a place email consultation@augeanplc.com or call site manager Simon Moyle on 01780 
444904.