In view of your concerns about the amount of HGV traffic using the B3153 through Alford and Lovington. This has blighted the lives of those living alongside this road for years as well as causing danger to all those using the many blind access points etc onto this road. A substantial proportion of this HGV traffic is generated by the landfill site at Dimmer. Whilst we have put up with this for years, we were always promised that such traffic would cease when the landfill site closed.
Despite this background, the Somerset Waste Board are proposing to award a 25 year contract to Viridor to transport waste from South Somerset and Mendip Districts to a new energy recovery facility at Avonmouth, from April 2020, via a waste transfer station at Dimmer. Whilst Viridor would probably need the certainty of a long term contract to secure funding to build the new facility at Avonmouth, there is no reason why transfer station requirements to serve South Somerset and Mendip should be tied into such a long term contract. This is why Care4Cary and local parish and town councils have requested that the specific decision on the possible siting of the waste transfer station at Dimmer is delayed, to allow time for SSDC, the Somerset Waste Partnership and other parties, to conduct further investigation and consultation on the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way to transport waste from the South Somerset area to this new facility.
As you will see from Care4Cary’s information the Somerset Waste Board will be considering this matter at 10am on Friday 16th December at County Hall, Taunton. If local people turn up to this meeting in force, this would impress the strength of feeling in the local community about this matter on the Somerset Waste Board. (Conversely, if just a few people turn up, this will, sadly, suggest or at least give an excuse for the Somerset Waste Board taking the opposite view). Hence, please attend this meeting if you possibly can as this is probably our last chance to try and get the Somerset Waste Board to defer this decision pending a full investigation as suggested above.
The short report being considered at this meeting can be seen by clicking on the link below. The much longer report to the previous meeting on 21st October is available by clicking on the second link below.