Plans to develop a £3.5m waste recycling centre are set to be approved next week, after Leicester City Council (pictured) put forward an application to build an additional recycling centre to work with its current “small and outdated” site.
The council plans to build the centre on a former allotment site it owns at Gypsum Close, in Rushey Mead, and will work in conjunction with the city’s current household waste and recover centre (HWRC) at Freemen’s Common.
A planning application will be discussed by the council’s development control committee on Wednesday nest week (8 Jan 2014).
Two objections have been raised by nearby businesses, which are concerned the new centre would increase litter, odours, vermin and traffic. The council said both household and trade waste would be stored in sealed containers. Planning officers have recommended the scheme be approved.
It will operate seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm in the summer and 8am to 6pm in the winter.
The council had considered the former John Ellis School site in Corporation Road, off Abbey Lane and near the National Space Centre, as an alternative venue.
The council hopes the recycling centre, paid for by a Government grant, will open next year.