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Further expansion of High Heavens plan not ruled out
THE possibility of further expanding plans for a waste transfer station at High Heavens has not been ruled out by council bosses after the rejection of two other sites.
Buckinghamshire County Council want to create two sites for bulking up rubbish as part of plans for a proposed new incinerator in Calvert.
But possible second sites at Burnham and Amersham have now been rejected.
Buckinghamshire County Council council spokesman Aidan Shutter said potentially, the High Heavens plan could be revisited if the council and contractors believed it necessary.
He said: "High Heavens has received planning approval to deal with 120,000 tonnes of waste, which includes commercial and industrial waste.
"It would be down to FCCE (the firm behind it) and BCC to work out the detail of these arrangements should they only be able to secure the use of High Heavens."
Any changes to the agreed development at High Heavens would require an additional planning application.
Although the Calvert project can work with just one station, Mr Shutter said: "Two waste transfer stations are the preferred option as we would like to provide an alternative local transfer facility for our local district councils to reduce their transportation costs."
High Heavens campaigners are now fearful the development there could be enlarged.
Ex-Labour Parliamentary candidate Cllr Jan Pritchard said: "It could be like living on the side of the motorway and it would be horrendous with even more traffic. People would have miserable lives and it would destroy the area."
However, it was said at the meeting when the Amersham scheme was turned down, the decision would not result in extra lorries going to the High Heavens site.
Another opponent, Bucks County Councillor Bob Woollard, Conservative, said any increase to the already approved High Heavens scheme would cause public outcry. He said: "I've said it before and I'll say it again, people need to wake up be counted if they don't want this thing, they need to vocalise their opposition."
There has been annoyance among High Heavens opponents that the council's planning committee rejected the Amersham plan based on similar arguments about green belt which failed for them.
The Amersham decision could still be appealed.
Construction at Calvert is expected to begin in Autumn and should be operational by 2015.
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