A RECYCLING centre in Clacton is set to close for four days while improvements are made in a bid to thwart traffic problems caused by queuing.

Nearby residents called for action to be taken last year to prevent what they called an “accident waiting to happen” outside the busy recycling centre in Rush Green Road.

They claimed traffic problems increased outside Rush Green Recycling Centre, after the Martin’s Farm Recycling Centre in St Osyth was closed.

The St Ives Close residents also claimed traffic was queuing on both sides of the road, forcing cars using Rush Green Road to overtake into oncoming tarffic.

The recycling centre will close from March 4 while improvements are made to the layout of the county council-run facility.

Recycling and waste boss Kevin Bentley said: “We are making some improvements to the Clacton Recycling Centre to make it easier and more convenient for residents.

“While these are being made it will be necessary to close the centre for a short period, but we will do everything we can to reopen it as soon as possible.”

Changes to the site's layout should also enable more vehicles to use it at any one time, reducing waiting.

During the closure, recycling centres in Kirby-le-Soken, Dovercourt and Lawford will be open every day from 9am to 5pm.