Berkshire

Maidenhead's Badnells Pit homes dump site works near end

Work to clear a former waste dump in Berkshire is coming to an end with the construction of 400 new homes set to start next spring.

Lorries have been carrying out dozens of daily trips since last year to prepare Badnells Pit in Maidenhead.

The homes plan, which was opposed by residents, was rejected by Windsor and Maidenhead council but approved after an appeal to the secretary of state.

The council said lorry movements were due to stop by mid October.

£7,000 donation

Councillor Christine Bateson, member for planning at the Conservative-led authority, said: "I would like to thank residents living near the site... for their patience while this phase of the redevelopment of the site has been going on.

"Residents will continue to see lorry movements on and off the site in the coming weeks as lorries bring in clean material to complete the backfilling of the excavated areas and remove equipment, huts and the lagoons from the site."

Developers Michael Shanly Homes has been removing 150,000 cubic metres of landfill before building work starts.

Residents have also been given a £7,000 donation from contractors McArdle as compensation for the work.

The dump was used as an unlicensed tip for industrial waste between the 1950s and 1970s.

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