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A NEW recycling centre costing almost £1m is to be built in Waterlooville.

Hampshire County Council has given the green light to a new Household Waste Recycling Centre, which will be bigger than the existing facility in Hambledon Road.

It’s hoped it will be easier and quicker to recycle as the new site will be more accessible.

The current facility – built in the 1980s – is operating beyond its capacity, with traffic queues regularly building up.

It also has to close for up to 15 minutes whenever a waste container is being serviced.

The new recycling centre will be built at Old Park Farm – at the heart of the Waterlooville Major Development Area, which is set to have 3,000 homes when completed.

The centre will be on Taylor Wimpey land, near to the developers’ 450-home Dukes Meadow estate, which is now well under way.

Councillor Mel Kendal, who is in charge of environment issues at Hampshire County Council, said it was good news for Waterlooville residents.

He added: ‘The current site has little room for stacking, and consequently during busy periods, queues can stretch back into the adjacent retail park, so the proposed new site will be a big improvement.

‘Servicing vehicles will also have a dedicated entrance, separate to householders.

‘It is important for the county council to ensure its facilities are adequate for local need and demand.

‘These centres help more people to recycle safely and everyone to waste less.

‘This is something that residents have proved to be very good at and has meant we have been able to divert over 90 per cent of household waste from having to go to landfill.’ The new centre will have 28 parking spaces, including two disabled bays.

There will also be eight double bin bays – an increase of four bins compared to the existing site.

And there will be additional storage for other types of waste.

The centre – to be accessed from new routes that will join up with Hambledon Road – will cost £950,000, paid for through developers’ contributions.

It is anticipated that construction will start later this year and the facility will open next year.

The existing recycling centre in Hambledon Road will remain open until the new site is ready.