When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
Rossendale skip firm's extension plan on hold again
FRESH delays have postponed a decision on plans to expand a controversial waste transfer station in Rossendale.
County councillors had previously deferred a decision on Shadlock Skips’ proposals to extend their operations at Waterbarn Mill, Waterfoot, amid fears over noise and dust.
But now members of Lancashire’s development control committee have expressed concern that they could be approving an extension for a firm which is currently being investigated for operational breaches. And they have called for the scheme to be sidelined until the breaches can be resolved by the authority.
Coun Michael Green said: “I am appalled that this authority has recommended this for approval and that we have dragged residents over here, against this background.” Residents has written to the county council claiming they suffer with infestations of mice and flies, because of the transfer station.
But skip owner Chris Jones claims his business, as well as providing local employment, had been a victim of its own success.
Following the last meeting in July, a new noise assessment had been carried out and independent consultants had agreed any sound difficulties would be offset by sound insulation proposals and a proposed screen wall. Development control committee members were told the firm had been notified after complaints about storing skips outside the main premises.
Stuart Perigo, the council’s planning manager, said investigations had been continuing into the alleged breaches. But as planning reports had to be made five days before meetings, late-breaking information about applications could be delayed, he added.
Councillors voted to postpone the bid and advised the firm to reapply once the outstanding issues had been settled.
Comments are closed on this article.