Waste threat to village

Plans for a waste recycling site that residents had hoped they had seen the last of have been re-submitted.

The proposals for the site on Jacks Hill, Graveley have been resent to Herts County Council by Greener Recycling Solutions after being withdrawn earlier this year.

This has raised fears among a mobile home community within yards of the site that their lives will be made a misery by noise and dust from the plant and by an average 100 lorry journeys a day going to and from junction nine of the A1(M).

“We are so angry - we thought it was over with,” mobile home resident Linda Grant, 57, said. “It’s going to be a nightmare. Lots of us here are retired and it is a rat race down there already without having 50 lorries coming in and out.” She feared the movement of waste would also affect Graveley: “They are not allowed to go through the village but I can’t see that happening. When they did the golf course they came through the village and made such a mess. But this is going to be permanent.”

The suggested site on land currently used by Brycelands Removals could process 130,000 tonnes of waste a year, including cars and demolition material.

A public consultation is currently under way and responses to the scheme should be sent to County Hall by July 5, although later submissions will be considered.