Country Council is at logger-heads with Stratford District Council over an application to
treble the capacity of a local tip.
The county council has been forced to come up with suggestions for extra waste
facilities after failing to agree a new lease on the Burton Farm tip in Kytes Hardwick.
After checking on over 30 possible sites Warwickshire County Council has now decided to
expand its existing facility at Wellesbourne, which Stratford District Council Director of
Planning Sean OGrady disagrees with.
"We have been given the application to look at and I have to say that there are a
lot of loose ends with it that need to be tidied up.
"I do not think it has been properly thought through because encouraging people to
travel from miles around Stratford to get to the tip is going to cause a lot of problems.
"For instance on Saturdays there is already a half mile queue at times to get into
Wellesbourne market and the entrance to the tip is just 100 yards away from that.
"It would mean that people would be stationary for miles around just to deposit
their rubbish which cannot be sensible."
OGrady also said there was strong feeling against the idea from local residents.
"I do not think I have seen one letter of support for this idea and I believe that
the county council has been inundated with complaints.
"It just seems that the county council has not done its research properly about
things like traffic congestion the figures it is based on are from 1996 so they
will be five years out of date when the tip opens.
"We have fired some questions to the county council and unless they come up with
the answers then we will look to refer the matter to the Secretary of State."
These claims were refuted by Warwickshire County Council planning spokesman Roy Burton.
"We have been considering this issue for six years and it has proved far more
sensible to utilise an existing site then try and move to a new one.
"We have to move from Burton Farm because we simply cannot afford to pay what the
landowner is asking to renew the lease.
"Stratford District Council are just consulting on this application and the
decision will be made at county council level.
"I know there is talk of Secretary of State intervention and public enquiries to
decide this matter but I honestly dont think that is likely to happen."
Although the councils lease on Burton Farm does not expire until March 2001, it
will close in autumn 2000 as the site must be cleaned up before it is handed back.