Bath recycling facilities may move to Keynsham
Proposals are taking shape to move facilities from Bath’s recycling centre to Pixash Lane in Keynsham.
Under the scheme, the Keynsham site would expand and be redeveloped to meet growing demand.
Bath and North East Somerset Council is in early talks about the proposals to move operations from Midland Road, Bath.
Its facilities – along with the vehicle depot at Ashmead Road in Keynsham and the public MOT garage in Locksbrook Road in Bath – could be consolidated onto a single site in Pixash Lane, which is already home to the town’s recycling centre but would expand to four hectares.
The facility could be in place by the end of 2022, allowing the space at Midland Road to be released for 176 new flats.
Before the council submits formal proposals, it has requested a scoping report to see what needs to be included in the application.
Documents submitted with the request say the Midland Road site is extremely compact and demand is growing, with traffic queuing onto the main road.
The request says: “The council operates collection services for household refuse and recycling from all its households (nearly 84,000) and has a duty of care for the transfer and disposal of household waste.
“To carry that out the service efficiently, safely and to a consistently high standard, the council needs operational depots that are well-designed and maintained to accommodate the necessary infrastructure.”
As well as the issues at Midland Road, it says traffic regularly queues down Pixash Lane to reach Keynsham’s recycling centre and its compact nature does not allow for a quick turnaround.
The creation of a purpose-built facility would meet demand for the next 40 years.
A council spokesperson said: “The decision to progress the relocation of the waste, recycling and transfer station operations from Midland Road was made in January 2019.
“Plans to relocate the operational services to Pixash Lane have also been developed over many years.
“Submitting an environmental impact assessment scoping report for consideration by the council’s planning department and external consultees is the first stage of the EIA process, prior to a detailed report going before the planning committee.”