Cole Green recycling centre in Welwyn Hatfield tipped for closure

PUBLISHED: 16:23 24 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:02 24 January 2019

The household waste recycling centre at Cole Green on the A414. Picture: Google Streetview

The household waste recycling centre at Cole Green on the A414. Picture: Google Streetview

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The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Cole Green has been earmarked for possible closure.

Hertfordshire County Council is in the early stages of looking for other sites for the recycling centre, including the existing borough council-run facility on Tewin Road in Welwyn Garden City.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has offered this site as a potential location for a shared depot and recycling centre.

The location of the Cole Green facility on the busy A414 has long sparked concern from drivers, who believe that queueing dury busy periods alongside the fast-moving traffic is hazardous.

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A spokesperson for both county and borough councils said: “Hertfordshire County Council has been seeking to provide a significantly improved HWRC for the residents of Welwyn Hatfield for many years.

“Continued positive engagement with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council for a larger and better located site, to replace the existing Cole Green HWRC, has led to investigations on the feasibility of potential locations within the borough and the possibility of providing a shared depot and HWRC at the site of the existing borough council depot in Tewin Road, Welwyn Garden City.

“The authorities are in the early stages of feasibility assessment and any proposals that may come forward would be subject to approval by both authorities, including consultation with the local community through the planning process.”

In line with county council policy, any new facilities would provide:

• A Large reuse centre and workshop space with dedicated parking.

• Internal queuing lane to take vehicles off of the highway.

• Split-level design allowing the majority of waste to be deposited without the need for lifting or carrying up steps.

• A large number of parking/unloading spaces configured to segregate service users from centre traffic.

• Fenced-off areas enabling container exchanges without closure of the centre.

• Improved staff offices and welfare facilities with a meeting/training room.

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