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Anger over bins

NOT HAPPY: The current recycling depot outside the Lismore Shopping Square. INSET: Zadoc Street resident Patricia Del Rocio and landowner Bruce Saltmarsh inspect the site where Lismore City Council plans to construct a drive-in recyclables collection depot.
NOT HAPPY: The current recycling depot outside the Lismore Shopping Square. INSET: Zadoc Street resident Patricia Del Rocio and landowner Bruce Saltmarsh inspect the site where Lismore City Council plans to construct a drive-in recyclables collection depot.

ZADOC Street residents and landowners have raised concerns over a proposed recycling centre which may be built in the middle of their neighbourhood.

Land owner Bruce Saltmarsh initially voiced opposition to the plan, as his property is next door to vacant council-owned land, where the depot could be built. He was particularly concerned that the redevelopment, with its associated high fencing, lighting and cameras to help limit vandalism, would impact on a colony of little bent wing bats which roost in a drain at the back of the proposed development.

Resident Patricia Del Rocia, who lives across the street, expressed similar concerns, citing the impact on the amenity of the neighbourhood, which features historic residential cottages along with some commercial businesses.

According to council documents, there will be no direct impact on the bats, despite removal of creek-bank vegetation as part of the project.

The relocation to Zadoc St, from the depot's current place in Brewster St, is necessary because the Brewster St site will be home to water filtration ponds for Browns Creek, as part of a Lismore Parks Master Plan.

The proposal points out that Zadoc Street has been measured to carry more than 3300 vehicle movements in a single day. Bruce Saltmarsh says the relocated depot could create a bottleneck in heavy traffic, with cars turning into and pulling out of the purpose-built depot.

At the same time it is sufficiently out of the way to be of little use, compared to the current drop-off location, across from the Lismore Square Shopping Centre's underground car park.

"I don't understand why we need a depot when every household is now serviced with a recycling bin," he said.

As well, businesses relied on the current site as useful off-street parking. If the new depot were built even more on-street parking might be lost in order to make exiting cars enter the traffic stream safely.

Residents and landholders have until January 25 to comment on the council's proposal.


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