Waste tip firm Augean in bid to expand site

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A WASTE management company has applied for permission to change and expand its facilities.

Augean, which runs the East Northants Resource Management Facility at Kings Cliffe, wants to alter its facility to cope with up 150,000 tonnes of waste per year compared to the current limit of 100,000 tonnes.

It also wants to create a new landfill void for low level radioactive waste and extend its operating licence to 2016.

It has submitted an application for the necessary Development Consent Order which has been accepted by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

A final decision will be made by the Planning Inspectorate.

A spokesman for Augean Plc said: “Augean has already conducted a front loaded consultation exercise with the community and other stake holders including a series of public exhibitions, workshops and an open day.

“The application that has been submitted has already been amended where possible to reflect the comments and feedback that has been received throughout the different phases of the consultation process.

“Comments already made about the application by members of the local community and statutory bodies have been included in the application documentation and have gone forward for consideration by the Planning Inspectorate.”

The company is holding another series of drop-in sessions from next week to explain its plans to the public.

They will take place at the site in Stamford Road, King’s Cliffe, between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, Tuesday, May 8, Tuesday, May 15 and Friday, May 25. A further session will take place on Saturday, May 26, from 9am until midday.

Members of the King’s Cliffe Waste Watchers group, who have campaigned against the company’s plans to dump radioactive waste at the site in the past, have urged the public to voice their opinions on the scheme.

Views can be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate until June 1.