New recycling centre unveiled in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: New recycling centre unveiled in Chard New recycling centre unveiled in Chard

SOMERSET waste bosses and civic dignitaries braved freezing temperatures to attend the opening of a state-of-the-art new recycling centre in Chard today.

The purpose-built facility, located at the old sewage works off Beeching Close, was officially unveiled by Somerset Waste Partnership and contractors Viridor this morning.

Chard Mayor Jill Shortland joined town, district and county councillors to help Holyrood Community School student Lizzie Barnes cut the ribbon, before being given a tour of the site.

The centre, which opens to the public on Tuesday, is expected to recycle up to 80% of all items taken there, including household and garden waste, wood, domestic appliances and unwanted business material.

Cllr Shortland said: “This is a fantastic boost for Chard and I hope everybody in the town takes advantage of it.

“I was especially excited to find out that traders can bring their waste down here – it will really help small businesses that have no other way of recycling.”

Plans for a new waste facility for the town were first proposed over five years ago after the existing tip at Chaffcombe was deemed unsuitable to meet the recycling targets set by Somerset County Council.

Construction work began at the end of 2008 and produced near-zero waste, with the metal, concrete and rubble recovered from the area used either used in the build itself or removed for recycling.

Steve Read, managing director of Somerset Waste Partnership, said: “The big improvement of this site is that it’s much more user friendly.

“We are trying to encourage people to stop thinking of unwanted items as waste but as things which can be re-used.”

As well as the recycling centre, the plot includes infrastructure for light industrial units and a green area linking Henson Park with Chard Reservoir.

Chris Jonas, regional manger for Viridor, said: “The whole site is designed to make it as easy as possible for people to recycle.

“We’re expecting this to be one of the best performing centres in the UK.”

Pictured on ribbon cutting duties at the new Chard Recycling Centre is Chard student Lizzie Barnes (centre), assisted by (from left) ward councillor Jenny Kenton, town mayor Jill Shortland, project manager Rob Kidson, Steve Read, managing director of Somerset Waste Partnership, and county councillor Derek Yeomans.

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4:05pm Fri 8 Jan 10

Cynical Parent says...

Instead of poncing around, looking for photo-opportunities, why aren't these "civic dignitaries" (your words, not mine) seeing to it that our roads and pavements are kept clear and our schools opened, so that our children may be educated? Tell me, was there a ratepayer-funded bun fight after this high powered ribbon cutting? Just wondering!
Instead of poncing around, looking for photo-opportunities, why aren't these "civic dignitaries" (your words, not mine) seeing to it that our roads and pavements are kept clear and our schools opened, so that our children may be educated? Tell me, was there a ratepayer-funded bun fight after this high powered ribbon cutting? Just wondering! Cynical Parent
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6:33pm Fri 8 Jan 10

Chardian says...

An asset for Chard.
However this comes at the end of a disastrous week. From the start Chard council decided it's "the wrong type of snow" and told taxpayers to grit roads themselves.
Major roads such as Glynswood remain ungritted.
Most other roads and all pavements (as far as I can see) remain ungritted.
This also happened last February and March.
Taxpayers/voters will draw their own conclusions.
An asset for Chard. However this comes at the end of a disastrous week. From the start Chard council decided it's "the wrong type of snow" and told taxpayers to grit roads themselves. Major roads such as Glynswood remain ungritted. Most other roads and all pavements (as far as I can see) remain ungritted. This also happened last February and March. Taxpayers/voters will draw their own conclusions. Chardian
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11:00pm Fri 8 Jan 10

Cynical Parent says...

I think you're right Chardian, but it comes as little comfort right now to know that the electorate might not elect some of these muppets at a later date.
The laughable situation of Chard residents being told "there's grit in a couple of locations in Chard, so D.I.Y." is slightly better than the situation in Ilminster where the newly installed grit bins have remained empty now for nearly a week.
Our own symbol of democracy, one Kim Turner, announced several days ago in her own inimitible hand-wringing fashion that a white van man had been seen emptying the contents of these bins into his van. Quelle surprise Kim, quelle surprise! If the council employees had put it on our roads instead of in the yellow bins, it couldn't have been nicked, Kim! You would have been better to have delivered it to white van mans house* or caravan* (*delete as appropriate).
So, we have a situation where Ilminster residents of Herne Rise, Springfield or Minster Heights cannot drive anywhere to earn a crust to pay their rates. It's OK if you live on the flat somewhere or on a "major" road out of Ilminster, but if you live on more than a 2 degree slope and don't own a Chelsea tractor, it's tough luck and by the way there's more snow coming your way on Sunday!
I think you're right Chardian, but it comes as little comfort right now to know that the electorate might not elect some of these muppets at a later date. The laughable situation of Chard residents being told "there's grit in a couple of locations in Chard, so D.I.Y." is slightly better than the situation in Ilminster where the newly installed grit bins have remained empty now for nearly a week. Our own symbol of democracy, one Kim Turner, announced several days ago in her own inimitible hand-wringing fashion that a white van man had been seen emptying the contents of these bins into his van. Quelle surprise Kim, quelle surprise! If the council employees had put it on our roads instead of in the yellow bins, it couldn't have been nicked, Kim! You would have been better to have delivered it to white van mans house* or caravan* (*delete as appropriate). So, we have a situation where Ilminster residents of Herne Rise, Springfield or Minster Heights cannot drive anywhere to earn a crust to pay their rates. It's OK if you live on the flat somewhere or on a "major" road out of Ilminster, but if you live on more than a 2 degree slope and don't own a Chelsea tractor, it's tough luck and by the way there's more snow coming your way on Sunday! Cynical Parent
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12:54pm Sun 10 Jan 10

oldlowie says...

" civic dignitaries braved freezing temperatures to attend the opening of a... "

Let's not be too hard on our spud-faced mayor CP and CC!

After all, she 'braved' not only the cold, but her own untreated roads and pavements to grab yet another gurning photo-opportunity, and she should be admired for her devotion to self-publicity - sorry - duty.

After all, just think how much thinner the Chard & Ilminster News would be without her picture on every other page?

Credit where credit's due chaps...

Just think how much
" civic dignitaries braved freezing temperatures to attend the opening of a... " Let's not be too hard on our spud-faced mayor CP and CC! After all, she 'braved' not only the cold, but her own untreated roads and pavements to grab yet another gurning photo-opportunity, and she should be admired for her devotion to self-publicity - sorry - duty. After all, just think how much thinner the Chard & Ilminster News would be without her picture on every other page? Credit where credit's due chaps... Just think how much oldlowie
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10:51am Mon 11 Jan 10

Cynical Parent says...

So touched am I about the civic dignitaries "Braving freezing temperatures" that I'm going to have a word with Esther Rantzen and see if she will revive "Hearts Of Gold" as a one-off just for them.

Perhaps they could look even more smug on a TV opportunity
So touched am I about the civic dignitaries "Braving freezing temperatures" that I'm going to have a word with Esther Rantzen and see if she will revive "Hearts Of Gold" as a one-off just for them. Perhaps they could look even more smug on a TV opportunity Cynical Parent
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