Work is set to begin on a household waste recycling centre in north-west England after a council signed a contract for its construction.
Cheshire East Council’s arm-length company Ansa will run waste collection, recycling, parks and street cleansing services at the site on Cledford Lane, Middlewich.
The council hopes the ’environmental hub’ will help it to increase its recycling, attain targets in waste collection and preserve existing employment through the relocation of jobs to Middlewich.
As part of the deal with Wates Construction, a committee has been created that includes residents of Middlewich to ensure they are involved in the site’s construction.
The contract with Wates will see the construction and refurbishment of new and existing buildings as part of the development. The 10-month project begins on 23 May.
The council is also investing £1m into an air treatment system to ensure the impact of odour from the site is kept to a minimum.
When the site has been completed, the council will move its operations from a current facility on Pyms Lane that it is selling to Bentley Motors for about £40m.
Don Stockton, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I am delighted for the residents of Cheshire East that construction can begin in the next few weeks.
“This project will put our residents first by maximising recycling efforts and reducing landfill to an absolute minimum.
“Residents local to the site will benefit from the fact that the council has chosen a construction partner which understands the vital role that local community involvement can have.”