VILLAGERS in North Warwickshire will soon have the latest in recycling facilities open to them as work continues apace on the area's new tip between Wood End and Dordon.
The plans caused controversy among villagers as local residents were concerned about potential traffic problems, but planners approved the scheme and despite the wettest June on record, construction of Lower House Farm Household Waste Recycling Centre and Waste Transfer Station is steaming ahead.
The site looks likely to be opened to the public early next year.
The 80 metre-long waste transfer building is virtually complete and on its roof are mounted photovoltaic solar cells. Meanwhile the site's charity reuse shop has its steel skeleton and roof in place. Internal road surfacing has also been laid, leading up to the site's public entrance off Lower House Lane.
A county council spokesman said that building contractors, Colas Ltd are slightly ahead of schedule and aim to hand over the site over to the county council at the end of 2012. The recycling centre will open to the public early in 2013, when Grendon tip will close.
The county council is currently carrying out a consultation to find out how the public feel about new service arrangements at the county's recycling facilities.
It follows a complete review of Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Warwickshire to make budget savings of over £900,000 from the service.
Under the new arrangements, Grendon tip is operated directly by Warwickshire County Council with weekday opening of six hours a day.
Lower House Farm is to have a 're-use' shop on site which will be run by Warwickshire Community Recycling for the benefit of the community.
Cllr Alan Cockburn, chairman of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, said: "The county council has worked hard to find new and innovative ways to deliver the best possible household waste recycling centre service within our financial means.
"We now want to know how the reshaped service is working for residents so that we continue to meet the needs of the public in the future."
A four week public consultation began this month to gain views on the changes at the sites. The consultation, which closes on September 2, is available on the county council's website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/hwrcconsultationaug2012.