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Controversial waste-transfer station in Darwen gets the go-ahead
9:00pm Saturday 20th October 2012 in News
A CONTROVERSIAL waste transfer station in Darwen will go ahead after a company boss promised councillors that heavy goods vehicle drivers who turned the wrong way out of the site would face disciplinary action.
Giant refuse firm SITA’s plans for the complex on the former Wolstenholme International ink works site were put on hold by brought planners last month over concerns that it would cause traffic problems in the town.
This week SITA boss Corrinna Scott-Roy came before Blackburn with Darwen council planning and highways committee to reassure them that HGV’s would not be trundling through nearby resident streets.
The development will create around 20 jobs.
Suddell ward councillor Paul Browne had expressed his concerns at the previous meeting saying: “Unless we ban lorries turning left we will get heavy good vehicles going through Chapels. We had a problem with this before and unless all the heavy lorries turn right down towards the motorway we will have that problem again.”
Ms Scott Tory told him and fellow councillors: “I can assure you that lorries will be banned from turning left by the company. This situation has occurred at other sites.
“We have rules on this for drivers with disciplinary sanctions. If drivers do turn left instead of right there will be consequences.
“These rules have applied elsewhere and worked well.”
Liberal Democrat Coun Browne said: “I am completely satisfied with these assurances.”
Tory spokesman Alan Cottam asked if there could be changes to the road layout to ensure lorries could not turn left by officers said they would be expensive and unnecessary because of the new agreement with SITA.
The application for the Darwen Resource Recovery Park in Lower Eccleshill Road, Eccleshill, which will complement its existing materials recycling unit on the same site, was approved unanimously.
The new complex will deal with 50,000 tonnes of waste each year with much being turned into solid or liquid recovered fuel.
There will be around 36 loads of waste brought to the complex each day using the existing main access off Goosehouse Lane.
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