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Proposed Northern Civic Amenity Site Plans to Go to Tynwald 2 June 2011

The Department of Infrastructure’s plans for a new Northern Civic Amenity Site at Balladoole Farm will be put before Tynwald this month.

The new site will provide residents of the North with an excellent facility that will allow them to reuse, recycle or dispose of household waste. The new site will be located closer to the main population of the North and the improved design of the site and traffic management will also ensure that those residents using the facility will do so in a more convenient and safe environment.

The proposed site will have a 4000m2 concrete hard standing comprising of two levels, the upper level will be exclusively for public use to deposit, recycle and reuse waste whilst the lower level will be for operations associated with the movement of bulk skips.

The Balladoole Farm site was selected for the new development as a dual site for the new Northern Sewage Treatment Works and the Civic Amenity Site. The land is strategically located with benefits to both projects through shared access and site development. The new site will deal with the recycling of paper, card, glass, metals, plastic bottles, clothing, waste oils, aggregates (stone, bricks etc), fluorescent tubes, car batteries, household batteries, electrical items such as TVs, fridge freezers, PC monitors, the collection of green waste for the composting and the disposal of bulky residual household waste for treatment via the Energy from Waste facility.

Planning approval was granted for the site in March 2011, the Department will now be requesting Tynwald approval for the construction and development costs of £1.15million.

Member for the Operations Division, Graham Cregeen said:

‘The proposed development to the site has been designed to accord with best practice and brings it in line with the standards experienced by residents in the West, East and South of the Island. It will ensure the reuse and recycling culture is enhanced primarily through the expansion of the site and a reuse building where a wider selection of materials can now be stored for members of the public to put to good use.

‘The joint planning of the site with the new Northern Sewage Treatment Works shows how joined up Government thinking can benefit the public in terms of construction time and disruption and the associated costs. This new site supports our waste policy and strategy by encouraging the public to reuse and recycle their waste where possible. Subject to Tynwald approval this month, it is envisaged that work will begin on site in July with the site being fully operational by April 2012.’

You can give your views on waste strategy by taking part in the Department’s all-Island waste consultation. Visit www.waste.gov.im to fill in our online questionnaire.

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