Date Published: 25 August 2020
Plans are being drawn up for a new exit gate at North Luffenham Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC), to allow vehicles to move in and out of the site more freely.
North Luffenham HWRC is currently the only site for disposal of household waste and recycling in Rutland because current COVID-19 restrictions mean the Council cannot safely reopen its second HWRC at Cottesmore.
North Luffenham HWRC is currently operating six days a week (Tuesday to Sunday) with dedicated traffic management operatives and a temporary one way system restricting the use of Glebe Road during site operating hours.
While the Council has been successful in managing the flow of traffic to and from North Luffenham HWRC since it reopened in May, it is keen to remove the temporary one-way system so that Glebe Road can return to normal use. The construction of a separate and dedicated exit gate has been identified as the best way to do this – supporting effective site operations in both the short and long-term.
North Luffenham HWRC is currently served by a single gate for two-way traffic. The proposal will be to create a new, dedicated exit for vehicles to leave the site, allowing one way in and one way out.
“North Luffenham HWRC is currently open six days a week with extensive traffic management and social distancing restrictions in place to ensure safe and effective operations. Because Cottesmore HWRC is a relatively small site, even allowing for the recent relaxation of social distancing requirements, it is not possible to move significant numbers of vehicles in and out of the site at any one time. Serious safety concerns remain around the possibility of traffic queueing outside Cottesmore HWRC. North Luffenham is different because the layout of the surrounding road network has allowed us to create a safe method of queuing, with the aid of a temporary one-way system on Glebe Road. We are now looking at how minimal improvements can be made to North Luffenham HWRC in order to return Glebe Road to full use, while continuing to manage the site safely and effectively. Regrettably, such improvements are not possible at Cottesmore because of the size, layout and location of the site.”
Councillor Gordon Brown, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services
Rutland County Council is preparing a planning application for the addition of a new exit gate at North Luffenham HWRC. If approved, the Council hopes to start work on the site by November and will review the current restrictions on trailers accessing North Luffenham HWRC once the new exit is installed.
North Luffenham HWRC would continue to operate six days a week while any work takes place.