Plans submitted for new recycling centre near Sidmouth

Sidmouth recycling centre

Posted on: 23 March 2012

Plans are being submitted for a new state of the art recycling centre for bulky household and garden waste to serve the residents of Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and surrounding areas.

A new site is being proposed for the Bowd, to replace the existing facility which is due to close as planning permission for the site expires at the end of the year.

The new facility has been designed for easy access, removing the need for steps, so that residents can simply tip their recycling into the skips, reducing lifting and improving safety for users.

Sustainable design has also featured, with rainwater harvested for use in the facility, and wetlands and  grassland habitat to surround the site and  200 metres of new hedge planted with native species to attract wildlife and minimise visual impact. 5000 trees are being planted to screen the facility, whilst only five will be removed during the course of construction.

Councillor Roger Croad, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Regulatory Services said: 

“The location was selected by local residents after a consultation showed a clear preference for the Bowd site. Nearly 85% of respondents wanted the facility to be located here, so we’re happy to work with the local community to ensure their needs are met.

“Our design team has worked hard to ensure that the facility sits discreetly within the environment and any impact is minimised.  The woodland planting will ensure the site is hidden away out of sight.

“As the existing site is coming to the end of its life, it is important that a new, local facility is provided for local residents who would otherwise have to drive significant distances to alternative facilities. Devon is the top recycling county, and it is important that we continue our efforts to reduce our waste, reuse what we can and recycle what’s left.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Cabinet Member for Highways said:

“The centre will be an important addition to the town and provide safe, clean and convenient facilities, developed with the needs of the community in mind. The old centre is exceedingly popular, but it is not designed for the numbers of people who want to use the site as it’s far too small. 

“We had to look at all three options and see what would work best for the public. These plans reflect their views and given the clear and overriding public need, we’re really looking forward to seeing them being realised.”

2 comments on “Plans submitted for new recycling centre near Sidmouth

  1. keith lewis on said:

    I live in Exeter and use the in centre off Exhibition Way, which is an excellent facility and easy to use. I am sure the centre at Sidmouth will also be a great success.
    I have one suggestion for improvement, that the signage for each bay is set at right angles to the approach road so that drivers can see what each bay caters for. Signage at Exhibition Way is parallel to the road which means drivers can only see what they are looking for when they have ‘arrived’.
    The bund walls are also slightly too high.

    • Devon Newscentre on said:

      Thanks for your constructive suggestions Keith. The design of the site in Sidmouth will be with its users in mind, and so we will do all we can to make it as easy and convenient to use as possible.

      The signage at Pinbrook Road Recycling Centre is being changed over the next few days to make it easier to see (additional signs placed at rights angles).

      The bund walls were designed with safety in mind. They cannot be too short as there is a risk of people leaning over and falling into a skip. The height follows standard guidelines for such things.

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