A RECYCLING firm has been given the green light to expand bringing with it the creation of 25 jobs.
J&B Recycling, based in Thomlinson Road, Hartlepool, applied for planning permission to erect a 170ft by 114ft building for the storage of environmentally-friendly waste prior to its processing.
The 42ft high shed will be located at the southern end of the existing site, and will be of similar height to another building there.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s Planning Committee met to discuss the proposal at its chambers in the Civic Centre, Victoria Road.
A J&B representative said the company has been operating for 14 years and employs 175 people.
She told the meeting that the firm has experienced “significant growth of 12 per cent year on year.
“The expansion will allow us to work more efficiently and enable us to be more competitive to create additional jobs. We have already identified a further 25 jobs that will be created immediately if our planning application is approved.”
The plans went down well with members, with Councillor Ray Martin-Wells, Conservative counsellor for the Rural West ward saying: “I suppose it’s a bit of a nuisance neighbour site but I’d rather these processes be going on inside of a building than outside.
“The main worries for these places are smells and dust but that will be contained inside a bespoke unit rather than outside.”
Rob Cook, Labour councillor for the De Bruce ward said: “J&B Recycling have done a marvellous job in the way that they have improved their facilities and for the number of jobs they have created in the town.
“It’s great to hear how many jobs will be created as well. It’s a testament to the work that they do.”
Councillor Geoff Lilley, Putting People First representative for the Fens and Rossmere ward, agreed with the comments from the other councillors but highlighted the fact that previously the council had identified Graythorpe Industrial Estate as a site where it wanted such work to be carried out.
He told the meeting: “It does strike me that we look at identifying specific areas but then a number of years down the line we aren’t actually doing that. “I accept though that the business is there already.” Despite his concerns all members voted unanimously in favour of the plan.