A ribbon-cutting ceremony saw the official opening of the new £1.1m recycling centre in Nursling this week.
Skilfully assisted by local children from Nursling Primary School, the Test Valley Mayor and local councillors cut the ribbon and officially opened the site with Raymond Brown directors on Wednesday.
Raymond Brown hosted an open day on site, welcoming 100 local school children from both Nursling Primary and Fairisle Junior Schools during the day and local residents, customers and staff in the evening.
The schoolchildren had been invited to use their imagination to come up with poster designs for two new skip lorries. The winners were awarded book vouchers and their designs are displayed on both the Fairisle Junior School and Nursling Primary School lorries which work out of the site. The day provided the children with an opportunity to see their lorries in action and have a site tour whilst further learning about the importance of recycling.
Operated by Raymond Brown Waste Solutions, the 1.6 hectare site just north of the M27, has the ability to process 75,000 tonnes per annum of non-hazardous commercial and industrial waste.
A year’s worth of development and consultation followed the initial planning proposal back in 2012 and no concerns or issues were raised by stakeholders throughout this process. The local authority provided pre-application advice, making suggestions and modifications to the initial proposal, including a woodland management plan funded by Raymond Brown.
Cllr Perry said: “This investment by Raymond Brown to meet rising waste needs in the local area is very positive for us all. They have demonstrated stringent controls in place to ensure environmental protection and to optimise the waste recycling, as well as having established excellent relationships within the local community.
I am pleased to say that planning permission was granted in May 2014 after a unanimous committee decision by Hampshire County Council with no local community objections to the plans.”
Steve Clasby, managing director said: “This new facility provides us with the opportunity to offer brownSkips.com to a wider market and provide an efficient tip and collect service, allowing customers to tip inert material whilst collecting quality aggregates, ready mixed concrete and soil at the same time.
Overall, we will be helping to increase the county’s recycling rates, promoting waste recycling in the local community and further increasing employment opportunities.”
This investment has meant that the business have expanded their employment within the area, creating around 12 new jobs.