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Summertime opening date for long delayed waste centre

By David Porter

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A new waste facility in Alford which has been subject to protracted delays will eventually see an opening in June it has been confirmed.

Construction of the site began in January of 2020 and despite delays from lockdown was initially expected to open by February of this year having seen work completed in January of this year.

With all works seemingly completed, with the exception of the siting of waste containers, locals were perplexed as to why the site was not brought into operation.

That included local councillor Robbie Withey who had been just as frustrated by a lack of official reasoning for the delay from council officers and the developer as locals were and had continued to press for an update for the community.

An official update from the council and developer was forthcoming this week which stated: "There has been a slight delay in the opening of the Household Recycling Centre given the need to resolve some unanticipated works at the site.

"The council, Kirkwood Homes and their contractor have been working hard to identify a resolution to these works and timescale for their completion and this has been achieved.

"It is anticipated these works should be completed by May 24 with the HRC handed over to the council shortly thereafter, which would allow the site to go operational by June 10."

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