CHIPPING Norton took another step towards a sustainable future this week after plans for a new household recycling centre were approved by West Oxfordshire District Council.
The new facility, which is to be built by WODC at the former Greystones council depot on the outskirts of town, will allow residents to recycle a much wider range of items than they currently can in weekly collection boxes.
Chipping Norton Mayor Martin Jarratt says the town council is very pleased the centre has been approved but some details still need to be resolved – including the lease of a strip of town council access land to the site and the question of household waste.
“It’s moving on but we’ve just got to resolve the details of the lease,” he said.
“West Oxon offered us a peppercorn rent and we made an offer in return.
“I’m sure we’ll meet somewhere in the middle but it’s just a question of negotiating details.”
The town council has asked for a skip for household waste alongside the recycling bins but WODC says it is not intending to receive “general household waste”.
Mr Jarratt said: “We asked the question of what happens if people turn up with stuff that doesn’t fit in any of the skips.
“We’re concerned there might be an increase in fly tipping and rubbish might get dumped in people’s doorways.”
The plans have also been altered so the skips will not be directly sited next to the historic Greystones building – previously owned by the town council and recently sold for office space.
The new centre will cost £200,000 but WODC has said the facility will generate £22,000 each year from recycling revenues.