Essex

Harlow school head concerned by waste site plans

A head teacher has raised concerns about the building of a waste transfer station close to her school in Essex.

The County County has approved the development in the Templefields area of Harlow, 100m (328 ft) from the Tany's Dell Primary School.

Its head, Bernadette Miele, said she was worried about the increase and type of traffic, fumes and vermin.

The council said it did not think the station would have a negative impact on local houses, businesses or the school.

Mrs Miele said: "I've had a number of parents writing letters about their concerns and a few of them have said they would remove their children from the school if this goes ahead.

'Unsuitable location'

"We have been asked to double in size over the last few years, but if parents get to hear there's this waste transfer station site nearby, they may not choose to send their children to our school."

The proposed site, on a former printing and stencilling works, would receive 55,000 tonnes a year of waste from the kerbside collections in the Epping and Harlow area.

It would then be crushed before being taken to disposal sites.

It is estimated there would be about 90 daily vehicle movements to and from the site.

The plans have also been opposed by Harlow Council and some local business owners.

One of them, Michael Hustwitt, said he accepted the facility was needed, but felt the location was not suitable.

He said: "These sites have been put all round the country, but normally they're in the middle of nowhere, away from local residents, schools and businesses."

Conservative Harlow councillor, Shona Johnson, said she shared residents' disappointment at the decision and would "continue to monitor developments closely".

Essex County Council said a "detailed investigation" had taken place to ensure there would not be a negative impact on the local community.

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