After a decade of investigation and discussion, planning permission has been given for the provision of a new re-cycling centre at Allington. It will serve North Maidstone and also Tonbridge & Malling which has for years been the only Borough in Kent which has not had its own Recycling Centre.
The existing Tovil site will serve as the main recycling centre for Central Maidstone, and areas to the South of the town. The new recycling centre, which should come on-line in the Autumn of 2021, will help reduce traffic volumes and congestion through the centre of Maidstone for those from the north of the town at present using the Tovil site.
The new facility will be adjacent to the existing Incinerator and will have a separate entrance and a 3-lane lead in-road within the site to take up to 100 vehicles, which will prevent overspill onto local roads.
Lib Dem Borough Councillor Brian Clark commented, “This is excellent news. Our local Liberal Democrat team have campaigned for many years to gain a second waste site for our borough to reduce the impact of cross-town traffic and severe impact on local roads at the single site in Tovil.
With the increase in the numbers of houses demanded by the Government, we have worked with KCC to support the development of a new facility and have ensured that the current site in Tovil will gain developer contribution for capacity and access improvements as part of the local plan review.
Lib Dem Borough Councillor Paul Wilby, who is also Chairman of Tovil Parish Council, added, “This is really good news for Tovil which for many years has suffered with long queues on roads leading to the Tovil centre, at times obstructing access and requiring bus services to divert from their normal route. This has had a knock-on impact with any attempt to improve bus services in the Parish.
While Maidstone had been required to provide 17,600 extra houses, the Government is now demanding a further 40% increase per year. Without the new facility Tovil Residents were facing a bleak future.
Tonbridge and Malling Council are also recommending huge levels of additional housing for their new Local Plan to be built right up against Maidstone’s Boundary in North and West Maidstone. This has also influenced KCC’s decision to prioritise the much needed second waste and recycling plant to serve our area.
Lib Dem County Councillor and Spokesperson on highways and waste Ian Chittenden said, “Finding a new site has been difficult and is the result of over ten years of groundwork by officers, working with local Councillors, and I congratulate them for this proposal. Following our work in gaining improvements at local congestion hotspots, I am also delighted that Kent County Council Environmental and Transport Cabinet Committee has now recommended progressing planned improvements to the Coldharbour Roundabout leading to the motorway and has also advised that the Poppy Fields roundabout will be improved once the number of houses required by Tonbridge and Malling is confirmed.”