Councillors support plans for new Caenby Corner waste depot

A new central waste depot in Caenby Corner will be built to replace West Lindsey District Council’s existing sites at Gainsborough and Market Rasen after councillors unanimously supported the plans.

The proposals for the purpose-built facility have now been given the go ahead and would secure the future of waste collections and street cleansing operations in the area.

The council hopes a new depot can be built by summer 2021, but the cost of the project is not yet known. The aim is to ensure waste services continue to run as efficiently as possible in future years.

Although the plans are still in the early stages, it will accommodate the growth of the district and needs of residents.

The current depot facilities opened in the 1970s. Councillor Owen Brierley, Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee at the council, said “they are no longer fit for purpose”.

He said: “Investing in the service area will ensure there is adequate facilities to allow high quality waste management and street cleansing services to continue to be delivered.”

Councillor Giles McNeill, Leader of West Lindsey District Council, added: “For too long the council has struggled to find an acceptable way forward to deliver much needed improved facilities for the staff who run our refuse collection services.

“I am delighted that, through an inclusive approach with councillors from across the political spectrum, we have been able to finally take a much needed decision.

“Not only will a central depot improve the workplace for our valuable staff, it will help us to continue to deliver an outstanding service, in a way that means we are spending public money as wisely as possible, delivering excellent value for money for the residents of West Lindsey for the foreseeable future.

“This new depot will allow us to adapt to changing waste management needs and means we can make any necessary changes to deliver sustainable waste management required by national and local waste strategies.”