Telford & Wrekin Council has facilitated the sale of a parcel of land to its recycling and waste management contractor which will enable a former landfill site elsewhere in the borough to be fully restored to nature.

The interior of Veolia's new administration and welfare services block.
The interior of Veolia’s new administration and welfare services block.

Veolia plans to use the three acre site at Hortonwood 60 as an administration and welfare services block as well as a company truck storage yard.

It will mean that they no longer need to use the former Candles landfill site in Little Wenlock to store trucks, meaning Telford & Wrekin Council can complete the final phase of restoration to meadows and woodland.

This will deliver ecological benefits for the Little Wenlock area as well as reducing the traffic impact for local residents.

The land at Hortonwood has been released as part of the unique Telford Land Deal that the council has with Homes England and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

The council has been instrumental in the sale of land to Veolia and it is expected that the construction of the new block will be completed in the next few weeks.

Veolia has acquired the site to support its contract to operate Telford and Wrekin’s recycling and waste management services.

Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Finance, Commercial Services and Economic Development, said: “This is a win win situation for everyone involved.

“It means Veolia gets the new facility that they have told us they want as well as a central point to situate their fleet. It means the former landfill site becomes fully restored and an attractive site adjacent to Horsehay golf course.

“It also means that local residents in the Lightmoor, Horsehay and Little Wenlock areas of Telford do not have to live with roads continually populated by refuse trucks.

“So this is excellent news and yet another example of how Telford is benefitting from the Land Deal and the partnership we have forged with Homes England and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.”

Steve Mitchell, Veolia director for the West Midlands, said: “We are delighted to have acquired this site as a new administrative base for our Commercial operation.

“It will offer improved facilities for our team as well as being better located to service our customers needs. This move represents the next step in the expansion of our commercial recycling and waste collection business in this area.”

The Land Deal has seen the council invest in infrastructure at a number of disused industrial sites around the borough that are owned by Homes England.

Karl Tupling, General Manager for Homes England in the Midlands said: “It’s great to see the land at Hortonwood being released and not only having ecological advantages but also enabling Veolia to grow its business in the area. The Land Deal continues to make the best use of land to deliver positive outcomes for Telford.”

Those sites are then marketed to potential occupiers and the proceeds of sales divided between the partnership in a profit sharing scheme.

Examples of inward investment achieved as a result include disused sites taken on by Magna Cosma, Polytec, Craemer, Rosewood and AXYZ Automation.

Posted in LEP News, News and tagged , , , on 25th October 2018

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