A new Household Waste Recycling Centre in Tattershall Thorpe has been approved by Lincolnshire councillors, despite fears that it was a former toxic waste dumping site.

The council’s new £2 million facility will replace one further up the road contracted to a third party company, which is due to close later this year.

Objectors to the plans warned the new site was used for a long time as a a dumping site for “toxic waste” and worry the area could be dangerous.

The concerns were raised after the appearance of a warning sign on the gate which Lincolnshire County Council denied was theirs.

Officers told councillors: “The site in its present form is not showing evidence of contamination or leakage within the site itself.”

However, they said measures had been taken in order to minimise disturbance to the site, including that it will be constructed on a concrete platform.

They said the location was considered acceptable and that it would result in a similar level of transport and waste to the existing site.

How the new HWRC would be laid out.

Speaking in support of the application, Mike Reed, Lincolnshire County Council’s Delivery and Transportation Manager in Waste, said not replacing the existing facility would “represent a big gap” in the service.

He explained the nearest facilities, in Sleaford and Market Rasen, would be an “inconvenience” to residents and warned there could be an “increase in fly-tipping”.

He said concerns about other LCC-run facilities had “never been borne out”.

“We do operate to a very high standard, we have four facilities which have residential properties as immediate neighbours, which have a shared boundary and none of us can recall any issues or complaints in terms of neighbours,” he said.

The signage at the entrance to the proposed new Household Waste Recycling Centre, including the sign Lincolnshire County Council denied was theirs. | Photo: Daniel Jaines

Ward councillor Patricia Bradwell said she had not had any complaints herself. “If new site isn’t developed then we haven’t anywhere else,” she said.

Councillor Tom Ashton added it was important to consider concerns, but added: “We have clearly shown the site poses little or no risk in its current form because it hasn’t been disturbed for a very long period of time.”

He was pleased a risk assessment would be carried out.

“We just need to be absolutely certain there is nothing in there that is going to cause that level of problem for that river, any other sites or the local community, neighbours, or anyone else.”

— Update at 9pm: Lincolnshire Police said they found Matthew.

Police searching for a missing Tattershall man are asking people to check their outbuildings.

A 35-year-old man, referred to only as Matthew, was last seen in Cromwell Place in the Tattershall area at 4.45pm yesterday, July 6.

Police first issued an appeal late last night, stating they were concerned for his wellbeing. New images have now been released, which police say might help to identify the missing man.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “We are continuing our search for 35-year-old Matthew and are asking people in the local area to check their outbuildings in case he has entered one of them.”

If you have seen Matthew, please call 101 quoting incident 393 of July 6.

Matthew, 35, has gone missing from the Tattershall area. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Police are appealing to track down a 35-year-old man who has gone missing in the Tattershall area.

The man, referred only as Matthew, was last heard from at 4.45pm on Tuesday, July 6, and Lincolnshire Police are concerned for his welfare.

He is believed to have been in the Cranwell Road area of Tattershall, but his current whereabouts are now unknown.

If you have seen Matthew, call officers on 101 and quote incident 393 of July 6.

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