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PERMISSION has been granted for Bridport’s temporary waste recycling centre to operate for a further 18 months.

The Household Recycling Centre in South Street was opened as a stop-gap measure after the Bothenhampton tip closed in the mid-1990s.

Permission has now been given for a new waste management facility at Broomhills, off the A35 south of Bridport.

Dorset County Council has pledged that the South Street will continue until that opens.

Steve Burdis, director of the Dorset Waste Partnership, said: “We are very pleased to have the planning consent for the household recycling centre on South Street extended until Autumn, 2015. This safeguards the facility until we are able to complete the new combined household recycling centre (HRC) and waste transfer station at Broomhills.”