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Weʼre raising £10,000 to Re open Bledlow Household Recycling Centre as a community facility with the money raised being used to apply for planning permission etc.

Bledlow Ridge, Buckinghamshire

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Bledlow Household Recycling Centre (HRC) Action Group has been set up by 14 local town and parish councils with the aim of reopening the HRC as a community facility which was closed by Buckinghamshire County Council on 31st March 2019 despite huge opposition from local residents. The money raised will be used to apply for planning permission and then to set up the site for operation. However, people have asked the following questions:

• Why does an existing recycling facility need planning permission at all? Answer: For historical reasons, and almost uniquely to Bledlow HRC, planning permission was vested in BCC not with the site. It used to be a landfill site up until 1974 owned by Wycombe Borough Council but after the reorganisation of local government in 1974 where WDC became responsible for collection and BCC became responsible for disposal, the site was passed to BCC who then obtained planning permission to turn it from a landfill into to a HRC. BCC were not willing to port the planning consent to us as legally we could have challenged them for their closure.

• Even if it does need planning permission, why does the permission cost £10,000 to obtain? Answer: The cost of the planning permission is likely to cost circa £10k+ but we will then need , in addition, to reinstate the site for use by a commercial company. Any funding obtained above the £10k will help us to achieve this.

• How much are the local councils contributing? Answer: Thame has contributed £500; PRTC has agreed on £1k; Bledlow cum Saunderton has agreed £500; Longwick has agreed £500. As the other Councils are currently in recess until September I have asked them to make a contribution (suggested £1k) and add it to their September agendas.

• Who will operate the facility if and when it is permitted? Answer: This will depend on who the successful company bids to operate it. We have obtained agreement to set up a Community Interest Company (CIC) to act as a host organisation.

• What does self funding mean? Answer: Self-funding means that we hope that the entry charge the company will level will sufficient to allow the site to operate without having to seek any funding from the CIC.

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  • William Bendyshe-Brown11 days ago
    William Bendyshe-Brown

    William Bendyshe-Brown

    11 days ago

    Thank you to everyone who has so far donated, including Town and Parish Councils. We have reached £5273 with nearly 80 supporters. There has been some confusion over the amount required to obtain planning permission. To obtain planning permission it is estimated to cost £10k whilst the additional funding will be required to bring the site up to a standard to allow it to be let to a company to operate the site. Please relay this message and encourage all your friends to donate to this very worthy local cause. Thank you once again.

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  • William Bendyshe-Brown18 days ago
    William Bendyshe-Brown

    William Bendyshe-Brown

    18 days ago

    Thank you everyone who has so far supported us with your kind donations. Can I please urge you all to circulate this message to all your friends and family and ask them to do the same. We have raised nearly £4k so far but need at least £10k to start the whole process off. If every person who signed the petition was to donate £10 we would easily reach our target of £50k. So do please do help us all to achieve this goal With all best wishes. Bill

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  • William Bendyshe-Brown1 month ago
    William Bendyshe-Brown

    William Bendyshe-Brown

    1 month ago

    We are so grateful for the support so far received and have reached £1,280 so far. But, we realise, there is a long way to go. We have set up a Community Interest Company and a Business Bank account to start the process off and are waiting for approval for both. We have a planning consultant in the wings ready to go as soon as we reach the target to start off the planning process. We are hopeful that the town and Parish Councils will be able to donate towards this venture as well. Please keep spreading the word!

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Page last updated on: 8/24/2019 11.58

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83

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 24, 2019

  • Simon Kerr-Edwards

    Simon Kerr-Edwards

    Aug 21, 2019

    Good luck in your endeavour.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 21, 2019

    the council should be ashamed of themselveswith all the community against closure they still went ahead as we knew they would whatever we all said.they could care less

  • rachel attwell

    rachel attwell

    Aug 20, 2019

    I really want to support this cause we desperately need the site to reopen. Please do the same. If we all donate £10 we can do it.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 20, 2019

    This is very worthwhile: thank you for this positive action. At this time, we must all recycle more and Bucks CC should be ashamed.

    £50.00

  • Ian Keynes

    Ian Keynes

    Aug 20, 2019

  • Duncan Bull

    Duncan Bull

    Aug 19, 2019

    Quite a way to go...................

    £30.00

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Bledlow Ridge, Buckinghamshire

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