Tip expansion is on the agenda

Lincolnshire County Council
Lincolnshire County Council

Plans to double the output of a tip look set for approval after a firm made a last-minute U-turn and agreed to fund road improvements.

PMK Recycling applied to Lincolnshire County Council to increase the amount of waste processed on the site in Baston Outgang Road from 25,000 tonnes per year to 50,000.

The council asked the firm to contribute £26,722 as part of a Section 106 agreement to improve the nearby Cross Road and offset the impact of the extra lorries driving to and from the tip.

Initially the firm refused to pay. As a result councillors were advised to reject the application at a meeting of the planning and regulation committee on Monday.

But at the last minute PMK had a change of heart and decided to sign the Section 106 agreement.

A final decision was deferred until the paperwork can be sorted out but the matter should come before the committee again on November 3, with approval likely.

PMK has previously tried to extend its Baston site. In April 2012 the firm applied to build a household waste recycling centre to run alongside its existing tip.

The council decided to grant permission but asked for £40,000 towards road improvements. PMK said it did not want to pay and withdrew the application.

On Tuesday the council’s executive discussed its plan for waste disposal across the county. A new strategy that named Stamford among a list of places where a new tip could be built was approved by councillors.

The strategy aims to reduce the number of miles untreated waste travels by locating tips in the county’s four largest settlements, along with other “key settlements and recognised growth areas.”

According the report to Tuesday’s executive meeting, the “key urban areas” of Bourne, Gainsborough, Louth, Skegness, Sleaford and Stamford are suitable for waste disposal.