THE controversial new waste depot at Heasandford was opened on Wednesday.
Plans for the new site were approved in April, despite concerns from residents about how the area will handle the traffic from households as far away as Padiham.
The planning application for the £2.3m. recycling site at Balderstone Lane on the Heasandford Industrial Estate made no mention of plans to shut the site in Park Road, Padiham, closed by the county council in the face of massive opposition from people living in the Padiham area.
The permission involved a land swap between Burnley Council and the county council. The new household waste recycling centre is a direct replacement for Burnley Council’s site in Grosvenor Street, near the new Burnley College. In 2006 it was said the depot had to be moved to make way for new education buildings. The land at Grosvenor Street, has now been identified by Burnley Council as the site for a five-acre enterprise park hoped to attract jobs and investment.
The new recycling centre has partly been financed by a £1.85m. grant from the Northwest Regional Development Agency.
The decision to close the recycling centre was taken by County Coun. Albert Atkinson, Deputy Leader of Lancashire County Council. Speaking about the Heasandford development he said: “This is great news for everyone in Burnley and has been achieved in a real spirit of co-operation with everyone committed to doing what’s best for the future development of the town.”