Council on rumours that Bath could be left without a tip

Bath and North East Somerset Council has debunked rumours that the Midland Road recycling centre is moving to Keynsham. The existing “tip” will in fact remain open until an alternative “like for like” site has been found in Bath. The reassurance came after a concerned resident contacted Bath Live to say the centre was going to close so housing could be built on the site.

She feared that this would lead to an increase in pollution from rubbish trucks and fly-tipping around Bath. Outline planning approval has been granted for 176 dwellings at Midland Road, supported by Homes England funding. However, these will only be built once the existing recycling centre has relocated to a new site in the city, the council has explained.

: Extinction Rebellion protesters take over the streets of Bath The decision to relocate Bath Recycling Centre comes after it was deemed “not fit for purpose” in 2018. Plans to relocate the operational services to Pixash Lane in Keynsham have also been developed over many years.

Plans for new recycling centres in Bath went out to public consultation in 2020, allowing people to have their say until January 1, 2021. You can find the link to the consultation here. Meanwhile, new state-of-the-art waste and recycling centre is currently being built in Keynsham.

However, this is not meant to replace the Bath site, which will be relocated to another site in the city as soon as one is found. : New gym, tennis courts and climbing wall could be coming to Bath

The Keynsham hub

There will be roadworks and diversions in Keynsham from June 6, as the next phase of work on the new waste and recycling centre begins. Over the next six months, essential highway and utility works will be completed on the multi-million-pound venture.

At times there will be closures, partial closures and diversions on Pixash Lane, from the junction with the A4 Bath Road to the junction with Ashmead Road. This is to allow utility works to happen. The council’s contractor, Farrans, will be carefully scheduling works to reduce the level of disruption to residents and motorists.

They can expect parking restrictions along part of Ashmead Road to ease traffic flows and access to Pixash Lane will be maintained for residents and businesses, who will be kept updated. The latest updates on road closures can be found on One Network.

Manda Rigby, the council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “We want to make people aware of this phase of works affecting Pixash Lane and assure everyone that we are working with the contractor to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum while the work is being carried out.” Visitors to the Pixash Recycling Centre are advised to use the signposted route via Broadmead Lane roundabout and Ashmead Road throughout this period.

From June 8, all access to the recycling centre will be via a new entrance on Pixash Lane, adjacent to the current entrance which will be closed to allow for the installation of a new electricity substation. This will ensure residents can keep using the recycling facilities safely and easily until the new public Reuse and Recycling Centre opens later this year. The new entrance and short stretch of road linking to the recycling centre will be two-way and used by the public and council vehicles for entering and leaving the site.

Once inside, the traffic flow will be one-way. Residents in cars and with trailers will drive clockwise to the recycling containers and leave via the new roadway and exit gates. These changes are intended to create more queuing space for cars and trailers off the main highway and help to avoid congestion in Pixash Lane.

Recycling site staff will be on hand to guide people to the correct containers and assist with recycling as much as possible. Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for neighbourhood services said: “The work is progressing well on the new Keynsham Recycling Hub and I’m looking forward to the completion of the first stage of the project in the autumn when the new Reuse and Recycling Centre will open. The new modern facilities will be quicker and easier for residents to use, with expanded recycling provision to make it easier for people to recycle even more and contributing to our climate emergency goals.”

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