Progress made on Mucking Landfill site

WORK has been progressing on the transformation of Mucking Landfill site, though it is expected that the site operators Cory Environmental will seek more time to complete their work to make the area country park.

Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation’s Planning Committee received a report on Monday, updating them on progress at the site – one of the Borough’s most controversial projects.

Residents close to the site were up in arms when the Corporation extended the life cycle of the landfill site by three years – and frequently complained about problems with noise, transport issues and smell.

However, dumping stopped at the end of last year and landscaping has begun. Construction is also underway on a visitor centre to serve the wildlife park that will operate on the site.

The committee heard 11,000 trees and shrubs have been procured for planting around the western boundary. This was due to have taken place last year but has been delayed by cold weather. However, the northern part of the park is due to be open in 2012.

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