Parish council opposes "completely inappropriate" Hastingwood waste site plans


North Weald Bassett Parish Council is strongly opposing a proposal for land next to the M11-A414 roundabout at Hastingwood to be used as a waste site.

Essex County Council is suggesting that the Green Belt land could be used for open-air disposal of inert construction, demolition and excavation waste.

Parish council chairman Cyril Hawkins said: "As it currently stands this would suggest that a 'Construction Demolition and Excavation' waste site could be located next to housing, a hospice, garden centre and restaurant which is completely inappropriate.

“There are concerns at the number of lorry movements especially as the county council would have no further involvement in either running the site or in terms of traffic movements to and from waste facilities, and both their origin and destination.

“The parish council says it has been calculated that there would be a minimum of eight large lorries entering and exiting the site every hour seven days a week 52 weeks a year.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee councillors at Epping Forest District Council say the proposal should be rejected.

District councillors fear it would increase traffic congestion around Junction 7 of the M11.