Sound barrier to stop noise at Backwell recycling centre
A 3.5 METRE acoustic barrier is to be erected around Backwell recycling centre in a bid to reduce the amount of noise emanating from the site.
The fence, costing £60,000, will be 100 metres long, made out of wood and metal will go round part of the site, which lies in the green belt, to reduce the noise.
Residents have complained for several years about noise from the tip at Church Town in the village. Several sound checks have been carried out by the Environment Agency over the past three years, all of which have revealed noise at excessive levels.
Last year contractor May Gurney was forced to draft in extra trucks to get rid of general waste and recycling after staff were told to stop using the compactor to crush and flatten rubbish in the skips after local people complained about the noise.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
The Environment Agency suggested site owners North Somerset Council and contractors May Gurney investigate the possibility of installing a noise barrier around part of the site. Planning permission for the barrier, along with a landscaping scheme to shield it from view, was granted in March.
The fence, due to be installed this financial year, will be funded by North Somerset Council and May Gurney. North Somerset Council executive member for environment, Councillor Peter Bryant, left, said: "The acoustic barrier will go on the lower part of the site between the recycling centre and the houses, we hope this will go some way towards solving the problems."
May Gurney took over running the council's waste and recycling services, including three civic amenity sites in Backwell, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare, in March 2010. Contractors carry out waste and recycling collections from 94,000 properties across North Somerset each week. The new regime has seen a large rise in the amount of household waste being recycled.