A six week public consultation on the proposed changes to Essex’s the Replacement Waste Local Plan has begun.
The consultation starts today (Thursday 5 January) until Thursday 16 February 2017 and will give residents the opportunity to feedback on key aspects of the plan.
The Plan is a joint document between Essex County Council and Southend-On-Sea Borough Council and proposes 19 possible sites in Essex for future development.
The sites, once developed, would help divert waste away from landfill and help manage commercial waste produced in Essex and Southend.
Around 80% of the waste material produced and disposed of across Essex annually comes from building sites, businesses, restaurants and hospitals and it is this waste which is catered for by the proposed sites. Approximately 20% of Essex and Southend’s waste is generated by households. No new sites are proposed for household waste.
Cllr Mick Page, Deputy Cabinet Member for Planning and Rural Affairs at Essex County Council said: “The allocation of sites across Essex is important as it provides communities and the waste industry with certainty about where waste will go and how it can be treated.”
Cllr Mark Flewitt, Executive Councillor for Housing, Planning and Public Protection Services at Southend-on-sea Borough Council said: “Ensuring that we have long term plans for how we process waste efficiently, and in a way that is kind to the environment, is a key priority for the Council and its partners.”
Information on how to contribute to the public consultation and where to view the consultation documents is available online at essex.gov.uk/wlp.