Mildenhall vehicle depot could close as shared West Suffolk hub moves closer

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Councils are looking to combine their waste operations and fleet depots in a one stop site in Bury St Edmunds.

This is expected to lead to the closure of the Mildenhall depot which currently houses Forest Heath’s waste collection and street cleaning fleet.

The council’s cabinet is being asked to agree to the next step which will pave the way for a planning application for the West Suffolk Operational Hub at the Bury site in Hollow Road.

This will combine waste transfer and household recycling with a depot for council vehicles and possibly those operated by other organisations.

A business case is being drawn up for the joint venture with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council.

Forest Heath leader, James Waters, said: “Not only will this cut costs by bringing so many services together, it will also create a better public recycling centre, better facilities for maintenance and better road access for our heavy vehicles.”