Town mayor says waste depot in Dunmow’s centre is “dangerous”

PUBLISHED: 08:53 10 January 2019 | UPDATED: 09:01 10 January 2019

A picture of a lorry in New Street, where the waste depot is based, taken in 2011.

A picture of a lorry in New Street, where the waste depot is based, taken in 2011.

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The waste depot in the centre of Dunmow is ‘dangerous’ and should have been relocated years ago, the town mayor has said.

Councillor Barrie Easter said progress on having the depot moved out of the town was “slow” and said Dunmow Town Council would like to see the New Street site used as a car park instead.

Cllr Easter said: “[The depot] should have gone years ago. Where the lorries come out at the war memorial, it is extremely dangerous.”

He added that a lot of footpaths were “destroyed” because cars have to go on them to get around the lorries.

The mayor said the district council’s progress on relocating the depot was “very slow”, adding “they are very conscious of getting it right”.

He said that once the depot has been relocated, the town council would like the New Street site to be used as a car park.

Jenny Poulton livesbeside the waste depot in the town centre and in 2015 a lorry backed into the 40ft boundary wall between her home and the facility. The wall collapsed against her house.

Now, Mrs Poulton has said the depot, owned by Uttlesford District Council (UDC), is in “completely the wrong place”, explaining: “New Street is just far from big enough for what it is used for. It is such a small area and is very difficult for the guys (driving the lorries). It is in completely the wrong place... you have these lorries manoeuvring. It’s just not safe.”

She added: “The John Tasker House doctor surgery is almost opposite the depot then the nursery is just further up. People are going to be walking up a very narrow little pavement. In the actual yard it is also such a narrow space. Everybody accepts it is too small an area. The council are desperately trying to get it moved.”

Her comments come after the Broadcast reported that two applications were being prepared for a new depot outside of Dunmow’s town centre, including a revised application for a development in Little Canfield.

An application for a base for the district council’s street services at the same Little Canfield site was rejected by the planning committee in June. Speaking to the Broadcast in December, Councillor Susan Barker, cabinet member for environment services at UDC agreed New Street was an inappropriate site and said the council was “keen to do something”.

Uttlesford District Council declined to comment further when approached.

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