Recycling centre is still set to be built

Building work is set to start on a controversial two-acre recycling centre near Darley Dale – despite fears from campaigners.

County council chiefs announced this week that the new household waste recycling centre will be built on land off Harrison Way, Northwood, in April.

The centre is due to be open in late summer and it is expected that 5,000 tonnes of waste annually will be taken to the new site.

But some residents and councillors have long opposed the plans, saying it will blight tourism, cause traffic congestion and affect wildlife.

Councillors from Darley Dale, Rowsley, Beeley and Northwood and Tinkersley submitted a joint response to Derbyshire County Council urging them to reject the scheme but despite this and 22 letters of objection the plans were given the go-ahead in May 2009.

Cllr Kath Potter, chair of Rowsley Parish Council, said she had hoped the scheme had been put on the back burner.

She added: “I’m disappointed to hear the council is still going ahead with its plans despite strong opposition from local town and parish councils and residents’ groups.

“I feel the county council can’t be bothered about the landscaping to be building something like this.”

Fears about the possibility of flooding at the sites and the implications for pollution of the River Derwent have also been raised as well as the impact on heritage attraction Peak Rail.

But a spokesman for the county council said the centre would be an efficient place for residents from the dales to recycle rubbish.

The council’s cabinet member for recycling and technology Cllr John Allsop., said: “This is fantastic news for people in the Matlock area.

“The new centre will be a real asset. We will accept most types of household waste so that local people can recycle, reuse or compost what they no longer need.”

The centre will be open seven days a week from 8.30am until 6pm – except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

It is expected that more than 60 per cent of waste taken to the centre will be recycled.