Par­ish coun­cil ob­jects to waste cen­tre ap­pli­ca­tion

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APARISH coun­cil has threat­ened le­gal ac­tion, if pro­pos­als for a waste trans­fer fa­cil­ity that will turn Hal­ton into what they de­scribe as the ‘dust­bin of the North West’ are ac­cepted.

Ve­o­lia ES UK Ltd is ask­ing to change the use of the for­mer J Bryan (Vic­to­ria) LTD fa­cil­ity in the Hale­bank In­dus­trial Es­tate to a waste trans­fer and treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

Hale­bank Par­ish Coun­cil, chaired by Colin Rowan, has ob­jected strongly.

The site would have ‘a waste trans­fer sta­tion with a shred­der to man­u­fac­ture a refuse de­rived fuel and bulk­ing/trans­fer of re­cy­clates and an ex­ter­nal area for stor­age, treat­ment and trans­fer of con­struc­tion and demolition wastes’.

The ap­pli­ca­tion from Ve­o­lia as­sures that the ex­ist­ing waste col­lec­tion fleet and cur­rent ve­hi­cle main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue on the ex­ist­ing Dit­ton Road site; the Pick­er­ings Road site is pro­posed to ‘pro­vide scope to de­velop a trans­fer sta­tion which can­not be ac­com­mo­dated on the Dit­ton Road site due to space lim­i­ta­tions’.

The ap­pli­ca­tion also states that Ve­o­lia is seek­ing to de­velop its own lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture with ‘ef­fi­cient ac­cess to its cus­tomers in the main pop­u­la­tion cen­tres across Hal­ton and Mersey­side to re­duce re­liance upon third party fa­cil­i­ties in and around the ex­ist­ing Widnes de­pot’.

Let­ters of ob­jec­tion have raised is­sues with the pro­pos­als which in­clude: ● Im­pact of traf­fic and park­ing. ● Air pol­lu­tion, odour, noise, dust, lit­ter, at­trac­tion to ver­min. ● De­bris on roads caus­ing punc­tures. ● That Hal­ton is be­com­ing the dust­bin of the North West. ● Par­tic­u­lar con­cern in re­la­tion to odour and dust and im­pact on res­i­dents and lo­cal investment. ● Im­pact on lo­cal res­i­dents. ● Neg­a­tive im­pact of char­ac­ter, re­gen­er­a­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity.

One ward coun­cil­lor said: “As the ward coun­cil- lor, I’ve been asked by a num­ber of con­stituents re­gard­ing this ap­pli­ca­tion which has been pre­sented by Ve­o­lia UK. I broadly share these con­cerns and ask that this be noted as part of the on­go­ing con­sul­ta­tion re­gard­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“My prin­ci­pal con­cern is around the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of such a fa­cil­ity in terms of odours, dust and lit­ter blown on the wind, based on ex­pe­ri­ence of sim­i­lar premises in other ar­eas, as well as an in­crease in traf­fic from heavy goods ve­hi­cles.

“This site is in close prox­im­ity to an ex­ist­ing hous­ing es­tate and also very near to an­other site which is likely to be de­vel­oped if the coun­cil’s devel­op­ment and al­lo­ca­tions plan is ap­proved.”

Hale­bank Par­ish Coun­cil has also put for­ward a let­ter of ob­jec­tion say­ing: “The par­ish coun­cil has asked me to ex­press to you their deep con­cern and alarm at pro­pos­als by Ve­o­lia ES UK Ltd for a change of use of land at the for­mer J Bryan (Vic­to­ria) Ltd, Pick­er­ings Road, Hale Bank, for it be used for a waste trans­fer and treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

“Hale Bank Par­ish Coun­cil be­lieves the site is to­tally un­suit­able for this use for the fol­low­ing rea­sons:

The Guide to Site Pri­ori­ti­sa­tion (Pol­icy WM1) in the Joint Mersey­side and Hal­ton Waste Lo­cal Plan states that de­vel­op­ers are re­quired to show that the site that they wish to de­velop is ei­ther: ● An al­lo­cated site. ● An un­al­lo­cated site within an area of search. ● An un­al­lo­cated site which can be jus­ti­fied us­ing the Waste Lo­cal Plan site assess­ment method.

“The Par­ish notes that: ● The for­mer J Bryan (Vic­to­ria) Ltd, Pick­er­ings Rd, Hale Bank is not an al­lo­cated site. ● Nei­ther is it an un­al­lo­cated site within an area of search.

“Hale Bank is quite clearly not in Dit­ton and there is a clear phys­i­cal sep­a­ra­tion of the in­dus­trial area the JWDP refers to and Hale Bank is a pri­mar­ily residential area in the form of the West Coast railine and Dit­ton Bridge.

“It is wholly mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the ap­pli­cant to sug­gest that Hale Bank is part of Dit­ton for pur­poses of claiming this site Coun­cil to be an un­al­lo­cated site within an area of search.

“Fur­ther­more, the sup­port­ing state­ment states that ‘the site was pre­vi­ously per­mit­ted and there­fore deemed to be an ‘ex­ist­ing waste man­age­ment li­censed’ for the pur­poses of the Waste Lo­cal Plan.’

“The par­ish coun­cil is both con­fused and con­cerned by this com­ment and as­ser­tion by the ap­pli­cant just be­cause the pre­vi­ous site oc­cu­pants demolition com­pany J Bryan ( Vic­to­ria) con­ducted ac­tiv­i­ties for which a li­cence was re­quired it does not log­i­cally fol­low that their line of busi­ness was the same as that of a waste trans­fer sta­tion.

“A waste trans­fer sta­tion will dis­pose of much larger amounts of differing waste streams.

“Also, which ‘Waste Lo­cal Plan’ is the ap­pli­cant re­fer­ring to? It clearly is not the Joint Waste Devel­op­ment Plan to which Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil has sub­scribed to be­cause as pre­vi­ously stated this site in Hale Bank is not an al­lo­cated site nor is it an un­al­lo­cated site.

“There­fore the par­ish coun­cil would sub­mit that this is also a re­dun­dant line of plan­ning ar­gu­ment by Ve­o­lia.”

“The par­ish coun­cil is ex­tremely con­cerned that such an in­crease in ve­hi­cles as it pro­posed by this ap­pli­ca­tion would turn our com­mu­nity into a dump­ing ground.

“So it is on this ba­sis that Hale Bank Par­ish Coun­cil would take great ex­cep­tion if, given the ob­ser­va­tions out­lined in this sub­mis­sion, HBC was to go ahead and grant per­mis­sion for this ap­pli­ca­tion and un­for­tu­nately, the par­ish coun­cil would, once again, be forced to seek le­gal ad­vice re­gard­ing a po­ten­tial ju­di­cial re­view of any such de­ci­sion.

“The par­ish coun­cil sin­cerely hopes that such a course of ac­tion would not be nec­es­sary and that HBC will make a de­ci­sion com­pli­ant with JWDP.”

The par­ish coun­cil also raised con­cerns about noise, odour man­age­ment plans and traf­fic.

How­ever, the pro­posal out­line is sup­ported by a noise assess­ment say­ing that back­ground sound mea­sure­ments have been recorded at var­i­ous pe­ri­ods to de­ter­mine the highest likey noise con­tri­bu­tion.

It states: “The assess­ment con­cludes that pre­dicted noise lev­els from op­er­a­tion, HGV move­ments, mo­bile plant move­ment, waste shred­der, crusher/screener, ● bulk­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and ve­hi­cle wash op­er­a­tion would not ex­ceed rep­re­sen­ta­tive back­ground lev­els and there­fore likely to re­sult in low im­pact ac­cord­ing to cur­rent Bri­tish Stan­dard.”

In re­la­tion to odours the re­port says: “It is sug­gested that risk of odours is low as a re­sult of the type of ma­te­rial han­dled which is gen­er­ally low odour, but also be­cause there is a rapid through­put of ma­te­rial with waste be­ing help on site for only a short pe­riod of time.’

Ve­o­lia UK Ltd is a trade waste col­lec­tion and man­age­ment ser­vice that op­er­ates across Hal­ton and Mersey­side.

David Bridg­wood, na­tional plan­ning man­ager at Ve­o­lia, said: “We un­der­stand that some lo­cal res­i­dents have con­cerns about the pro­posal and we take that se­ri­ously and have re­sponded to those raised. The devel­op­ment we are propos­ing is a mod­ern re­sources man­age­ment fa­cil­ity that will op­er­ate un­der na­tion­ally recog­nised stan­dards, reg­u­lated strin­gently by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and the lo­cal plan­ning author­ity.

‘‘The site will be specif­i­cally de­signed to min­imise im­pact on our neigh­bours and lo­cal res­i­dents.

“Our re­la­tion­ship with the lo­cal com­mu­nity is very im­por­tant to us since we are a long term op­er­a­tor and value lo­cal pop­u­la­tions rights, and should this devel­op­ment be ap­proved, we will be cre- at­ing a num­ber of new jobs at the site where we would wel­come and en­cour­age ap­pli­ca­tions from lo­cal peo­ple.”

It has been rec­om­mended that the devel­op­ment con­trol com­mit­tee ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions which in­clude: ● Waste be­ing re­stricted to 85,000 tonnes per an­num. ● Re­stric­tions on waste types ac­cepted and pro­cessed, on hours of waste de­liv­ery, pro­cess­ing an ex­port and ex­ter­nal stor­age lo­ca­tions. ● Waste will be re­quired to be car­ried in sealed and cov­ered wag­ons.

The bid will be dis­cussed by the devel­op­ment con­trol com­mit­tee on Jan­uary, 7 2019.

Above, Ve­o­lia’s ex­ist­ing de­pot on Dit­ton Road in Widnes and below, Hale­bank Par­ish Coun­cil chair­man Colin Rowan

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