RES­I­DENTS’ CON­CERN OVER AS­PHALT PLANT PLANS

School and coun­cil­lor want ap­pli­ca­tion re­jected

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Joel Lamy [email protected]­me­dia.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Con­cerns have been raised over a pro­posed new as­phalt plant which would pro­vide ma­te­ri­als for con­struc­tion pro­jects in parts of the county.

The plant run by Tar­mac would be sit­u­ated at un­used rail sid­ings in Maskew Av­enue in be­tween the rail line and Bourges Boule­vard.

It would be a short dis­tance from one of two Glad­stone Pri­mary Academy sites and Glad­stone Park Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Si­mon Martin, di­rec­tor of pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion for Thomas Dea­con Ed­u­ca­tion Trust, which runs the academy, said the trust will be ob­ject­ing to the plans.

He stated: “As a trust we will op­pose any plans that we be­lieve could have a neg­a­tive im­pact upon the chil­dren and the academy.”

Plans sub­mit­ted to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil re­veal Tar­mac wants per­mis­sion to op­er­ate rou­tinely be­tween 6am and 11pm, and 24 hours a day on 75 oc­ca­sions a year.

Labour coun­cil­lor An­sar Ali said he was wor­ried about the po­ten­tial pol­lu­tion risk, and urged res­i­dents to com­ment on the ap­pli­ca­tion.

He stated: “Many res­i­dents have ex­pressed con­cerns to me about this de­vel­op­ment. They feel it’s go­ing to be a health risk.

“We al­ready have a lot of health prob­lems in the area. Life ex­pectancy is some years less than other ar­eas.”

Plan­ning con­sent would lead to the creation of at least 10 jobs.

Ma­te­ri­als for the plant would be brought in via rail, while Tar­mac wants a new ac­cess road to the sid­ings and ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties on site.

A spokesper­son for the firm said it has un­der­taken “sub­stan­tial stud­ies” in­clud­ing air qual­ity and noise as­sess­ments to en­sure “min­i­mal im­pact on the area”.

She added: “We are com­mit­ted to be­ing a good neigh­bour and work­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity. If the ap­pli­ca­tion is suc­cess­ful, con­tin­ued mon­i­tor­ing of air qual­ity and noise im­pact will be un­der­taken, which we hope will al­lay any con­cerns.”

To com­ment on the plans, visit the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion on­line, reg­is­ter at www.peter­bor­ough.gov.uk and search 18/02048/FUL.

Cllr An­sar Ali by Glad­stone Park Com­mu­nity Cen­tre which he be­lieves could be im­pacted by the new as­phalt plant

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