Redevelopment on cards for tip


A tidy tip will be given an overhaul, according to a new plan.

Central Beds Council’s waste procurement strategy was approved by the executive committee at its meeting on Tuesday (March 18).

Biggleswade household waste recycling centre is in line for an upgrade, as will those in Ampthill and Leighton Buzzard.

This will first require planning permission.

The agenda report states: “The redevelopment of the household waste recycling centres into split level sites will provide an improved service for residents with reduced waiting times, as well as improving access and safety, thereby increasing recycling and reducing maintenance costs.”

It continues: “Potential bidders have a vested interest in the design of the sites as this will directly impact performance guarantees.

“Due to the public facing nature of the household waste recycling sites and the impact on the service during the closure of the sites for redevelopment it is considered that the work to redevelop the sites is best undertaken internally.

The waste procurement strategy has been written following the abandonment of the BEaR (Central Befordshire Energy and Recycling) Project and “the authority has been considering its options for delivering the waste disposal services required over the coming years.”

The aim is for the redeveloped Biggleswade site to have improved access and to enable more people to use the site in a shorter amount of time.

The strategy also aims to cut costs. The report says: “The authority is facing significant financial pressures in the coming years and in light of this it is essential that value for money is a key deliverable of the project alongside environmental and performance considerations.

“The authority will be seeking to deliver the replacement services and infrastructure within the costs identified in the latest medium term financial plan, thereby limiting the impact of the waste service on the authority’s budget.

“The capital funding to deliver any infrastructure required to service the treatment and disposal contracts has already been allocated and approved within the capital programme.”

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