A recycling company which has been waiting years for its premises to get planning approval is now looking to expand after its future was finally secured.
Bucks Recycling can continue to trade at Westcott Venture Park after it was given permanent status by Buckinghamshire County Council.
Managing director Tricia Murray said: “We are very excited about the opportunities this presents, as gaining this consent has opened doors for us and we are now able to expand, develop and diversify as well as being able to employ our staff on permanent contracts and invest in their on going training and development.”
The firm, established in 2000, first moved to Westcott in 2011 and, knowing the lenthy and complex process involved in achieving permanent permission, submitted its application straight away.
Nearby residents’ initial concerns over noise were quelled with an agreed solution to build an acoustic bund shield the noise of machinery from the village. The company is investing heavily in staff training and new equipment and are planning to refurbish their Hangar premises. It has also hired four extra drivers.
Ms Murray said: “We were under a shadow before we achieved planning, but can now look to the future and are working to develop the business by focussing on the amount of waste we recycle - doing more with the waste we collect.”
This includes providing animal-bedding products for local farmers.
“We are also investing a lot of money in training so we have a 50 strong team of qualified people in waste, transport, accounting and management.
“The news that we can now stay at Westcott has had a huge ripple effect, we’ve hired four extra drivers and everybody is feeling upbeat as they can see we are investing in their personal development as well as the business as a whole.”