Lorry work warning over Badnells Pit dump plan


Residents are being warned to expect to see an increase in activity at a former waste dump in Berkshire as work starts to clear the land for new homes.

Lorries will be making dozens of daily trips to prepare Badnells Pit in Maidenhead for 400 new homes.

A contractor will remove Japanese knotweed from the site before full remedial work starts later this month.

The homes plan was rejected by the council but approved after an appeal to the secretary of state.

Residents had raised concerns about health, noise and traffic.

Unlicensed tip

Developers Michael Shanly Homes will remove 150,000 cubic metres of landfill before building work starts.

It will mean up to 102 lorry trips at the site each day over the next 18 months.

Councillor Alison Knight, lead member for planning, said: "It is important to let residents know that the lorry movements they will see over the coming week do not mean the work has started in earnest but simply mean the contractor is clearing certain materials from the site before the main work can begin.

"I would like to reassure residents that we will be monitoring the work on site and working with the developer even more closely to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum."

The dump was used as an unlicensed tip for industrial waste between the 1950s and 1970s.

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