Waste facility climb-down after objections

Cheshire East Council has withdrawn the planning application for a waste transfer station at Lyme Green in Macclesfield following opposition from local residents.

The council will now hold further talks with residents in the north of the borough before revisiting the plans. Cllr Rod Menlove, cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said in a statement: "The council is committed to providing high-quality doorstep collection services for recycling and waste materials and therefore the need for a recycling transfer facility to service Macclesfield and the north of the borough is clear.

"We have already made great progress in refining our collection service and reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill. This has already saved the council a considerable amount of money: the new waste transfer station is key to building on this success and reducing landfill even further."

John Nicholson, Cheshire East Council's strategic director of places and organisational capacity, said: "Given the concerns raised over the authority's current proposals for a recycling transfer station at Lyme Green depot, the council is happy to review the best way to create the facility.

"The site at Lyme Green is still considered the most appropriate site. However, the council will enter into a period of further dialogue with the residents in the north of the borough before agreeing a way forward.

"In the meantime, the current arrangements for processing recycling we collect will continue."

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