South Scotland

Easter Langlee waste transfer station plan approval advised

Easter Langlee Image copyright Walter Baxter
Image caption A landfill site at Easter Langlee will close when it reaches capacity in 2018

Councillors are being advised to approve plans for a £5.5m waste transfer station in the Borders.

The new facility would be built at Easter Langlee near Galashiels.

Scottish Borders Council decided in August 2015 to close a landfill site in the area when it reaches capacity in 2018.

However, before that happens the transfer station has to be up and running to prepare waste to be sent for disposal outside the region.

Objectors have claimed the site is not suitable and is on already-contaminated land.

Concerns have also been raised about potential pollution and increased traffic in the area but council roads officials have said the increase in vehicle numbers would be "minimal".

Planning officers have advised that the scheme should be given the green light but have said conditions regarding wildlife protection, drainage and landscaping should be imposed.

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