WORK to transform a disused factory into a new depot and recycling centre is about to begin. A contractor has been appointed to develop North Devon Council's new recycling depot on the outskirts of Barnstaple. Local firm South West Highways has been se

WORK to transform a disused factory into a new depot and recycling centre is about to begin. A contractor has been appointed to develop North Devon Council's new recycling depot on the outskirts of Barnstaple.Local firm South West Highways has been selected to carry out both the building and road works, which are due to start next month.The council is converting the site of an old meat processing plant at Brynsworthy into its new Works and Recycling headquarters and plans to move from its current home on Seven Brethren in March, 2010.Mike Mansell, Executive Director (Operations and Finance) said: "The council took the decision to sell off the current works site on Seven Brethren Bank as part of the regeneration plans for that area. We were lucky to find this new site to move to, which has significantly more space and will therefore allow us to develop and improve our waste and recycling facilities."At its peak North Devon Council recycles more than 43 per cent of household waste, but hopes to increase this to 50 per cent by the year 2010.The council has been looking to move from its present site, which it has outgrown, for several years and bought the site at Brynsworthy two years ago.The new 11-acre site will include facilities to harvest rain water. There will be bicycle racks, solar panels, a biomass boiler, lorry wash areas, a vehicle maintenance workshop and a recycling plant. The plans include an education and viewing area to allow schools and other organisations to see the plant in operation. There will also be storage on the site for wheelie bins, composters and vehicle parts.Plans for the site also include improvements to the roads leading to the new depot, including a right turn lane, bus stops and junction lighting where the Brynsworthy Road joins the B3232 to Newton Tracey. There may be some disruption to traffic along the main Barnstaple to Torrington road during these improvements and the council apologises in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.