Response to latest concerns over recycling plant
I have been contacted by a number of constituents recently with concerns that the Albert Hill site was being used again for waste transfer. I have written to residents to update them on the current status of the site, and I am now also posting the content of that letter here so that it can be available for the wider community of Darlington.
I know that the Albert Hill Site has plagued the community for a number of years, particularly during the fires in July 2011 and May 2013. The site has now been cleared, the owners of Albert Skip Hire Ltd have been prosecuted and there are ongoing discussions about the future of the site.
There is a separate site at Unit 4a which houses Teward Recycling Ltd. This yard is not the same site as was formerly used by the Shepherds.
The local councillors for Haughton West and I have spoken to Darlington Borough Council and they tell me that Teward Recycling Ltd acquired Unit 4a in October 2013. Since that time they have cleared the site of demolition waste using an excavator and trucks. A crushing machine was used on March 12-18th to deal with some of the waste and returned on March 27th to complete the task.
The Environment Agency are satisfied with all of the activity but have given me a telephone number if you wish to raise your concerns in any way - 01325 376120
Please be assured that I will continue to keep a close eye on the site. The community has had to put up with far too much noise and disruption from this site and I will do whatever is necessary to stop these problems recurring.