Disused Tring tip could be a builders’ recycling yard

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A SITE that was at the centre of a campaign to retain it as a recycling tip could once again be used to help the planet.

A planning application has been submitted to turn the former Tringford Household Recycling Centre into an open storage site for the resale of recycled and reclaimed demolition materials.

The land is currently under offer by a potential buyer and it is likely a sale will go ahead once the planning application has been approved.

Tring town councillors had no objection to the plans when they came up at Monday night’s planning committee meeting and now the application will go before Hertfordshire County Council, which will make the final decision on it.

The plans, which were submitted on July 12 by Michael Samson of Nye Way in Bovingdon, states that the new owner would expect to process 2,000 tonnes of materials a year.

The proposed site will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays and will accept bricks, paving slabs, timber, roofing tiles and garden furniture.

The land had been left empty and unused since the tip, which had the highest recycling rate in the county, was closed by Hertfordshire County Council back in 2008.

At the time people in the area were against the idea and more than 3,000 of them signed a petition to keep it open.

The campaign was also backed by The Friends of Tring Reservoir and Northchurch Parish Council.

Tring councillor Nick Hollinghurst called the closure a ‘slap in the face for the town’ as it would be left at risk of fly tipping and vandalism because the nearest tip was an 11-mile round journey to Berkhamsted.