Green light for Dungiven recycling centre

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Planning approval has been given for the Dungiven Household Recycling Centre, local councillors have heard.

Limavady Borough Council officers have met with consultants from RPS regarding the next steps for the project, which is to be sited off Chapel Road, to the rear of the Sports Pavilion.

At Tuesday’s Environment Services meeting, councillors were told the original submission from RPS in August 2008 was for fees to the end of the project totalling £28,000. Since then there have been modifications to the specification of the scheme in response to NI Environment Agency, i.e. increased area of embankments and estimated construction period from 18 to 26 weeks.

RPS have submitted revised fees for the remaining stages of the project showing an overall increase in fees from £28,000 to £30,401.39, together with site supervision of two to three days per week at a rate of £48.86 per hour and travel.

Councillors were told the revised fees were “reasonable given the nature of the project” and their approval was sought to instruct RPS Consulting engineers to progress with the necessary detailed design, procurement of contractors and management of the project to completion at the fees and rates described.

However, several councillors questioned the site supervision request including Sinn Fein Colr. Anne Brolly and UU Colr. Edwin Stevenson who asked what was involved.

Colr. Brolly asked if Limavady Council could carry out the site supervision. She also stressed people in the town need to know how much has been spent.

“This has gone on for nine years,” she said. “We were out a considerable amount of money. It’s for the people of the whole area and we have to remember that.”

UUC Colr. Leslie Cubitt said, if accepted, the site supervision, at a minimum of two days a week plus travel expenses, would cost a minimum of £16,000.

SDLP Alderman Michael Coyle said: “l can remember when this first started. Let’s get on with it.” Colr. Coyle agreed with Sinn Fein’s Cathal O’hOisin in that local people needed to be consulted. Both councillors said they had spoken at length with local residents and said they should be fully informed about what is happening.

Chief Executive Liam Flanigan said senior council officers were satisfied that expertise was needed as the project was “to technical and too difficult” for their staff.

“The advice is that we would not be able to do the job entirely in house by ourselves properly,” added Mr. Flanigan.

Councillors agreed to move forward but asked to hear more about what was involved in the site supervision.