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There is a new Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) being built at Allington Incinerator, and will open in Spring 2022.  This will predominantly serve Maidstone and the northern parts of Tonbridge & Malling, saving residents the time either travelling to Tunbridge Wells, Cuxton or Tovil.

The tip is being built to the highest environmental standards: road surfaces are being made from recycled plastic bottles and the hardstanding for the site will be made from the ash produced at the incinerator. It will be a dual-access site, with HGVs moving/replacing the skips having separate access to the public (this is important as it means the tip will remain open when skips are being replaced which doesn’t happen elsewhere, for reasons of Health and Safety).

With the ongoing problems with Urbaser I enquired about the impact of T&MBC sending a higher percentage of its waste to the incinerator and the environmental impact this will have. I was informed that the filtration process results in fewer Co2 emissions from incineration as opposed to composting! What we see rising from the chimney at Allington is steam, not smoke.

The electricity produced from the burning of waste (37 megawatts) is sufficient to provide power for every home in Maidstone, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks for a whole year! 

And here is something that might surprise you …. Kent has amongst the lowest rates of Landfill in the UK (at below 1%) – most of which is asbestos (which cannot be incinerated or recycled) along with washed-up whale carcasses, which apparently are far more than you would imagine due to the size of Kent’s coastline!

Each member of Kent County Council has access to a £10,000 Members Grant which can be used to support local charities, projects and good causes. I also have access to £6,000 from the Covid19 Local Recovery Fund. Since my election I have allocated funds to

  • St. Lawrence Church, Mereworth and the church clock appeal
  • Wateringbury Bee Club – buying sensors for the hives
  • TRO for Seven Mile Lane Speed reduction to 40mph
  • East Peckham Girlguiding
  • St. Mary’s Hadlow – dementia support
  • Teston & Wateringbury Nursery – astroturf for the play area
  • Wateringbury Scouts – kayaks

I have taken on additional responsibilities, in my role as a County Councillor, and am on the Kent & Medway Fire & Rescue Authority, as well as part of the Kent Environment Strategy Group  and chair of the Tonbridge & Malling district Local Children’s Partnership Group.

Please contact me at sarah.hudson@kent.gov.uk for further information.

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