Plans for new waste transfer site at Galashiels about to go on show

The Easter Langlee landfill site.
The Easter Langlee landfill site.

Plans for a new waste transfer station at Easter Langlee in Galashiels will be put on display to the public later this month, on Thursday, September 29.

Proposed designs for the facility will be on show from 3pm to 8pm at Langlee Community Centre, and those going along are invited to offer comments and ask questions about the project.

This consultation event is part of the notification process required before a planning application for such a large development can be made.

Scottish Borders Council decided a year ago last month to close Easter Langlee landfill site once it reaches its capacity, and that is expected to happen in 2018.

It has since been developing plans for a new waste transfer station at the same site to enable onward transfer of waste for treatment once the current tip is shut.

The council’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar, said: “The plans for a waste transfer station are important due to changing legislation which led to the council deciding to close the landfill site at Easter Langlee.

“The project team has already met resident groups close to Easter Langlee, but we would encourage members of the public to come along to this consultation event to see the plans and ask council officers any questions they may have about the project.

“After the public exhibition, the aim is for the full planning application to be submitted next month, and, if approved, the waste transfer station is expected to open in 2018.”

The revised plans now being drawn up for Easter Langlee replace those for a £21m waste treatment plant announced in October 2012 but abandoned in February 2015, at a cost of £2.4m to the public purse, after the high-tech project was ruled out as unviable.