Long Leys Road residents are pushing for Veolia to take seriously the proposal – championed by the City Council – to look at an alternative site for their proposed waste transfer station. Till now, Veolia have appeared reluctant to relocate, but the County Council’s recommendation to refuse their application (at the meeting on Monday 6 February) may encourage the company to think again.
“For Veolia to build their transfer station elsewhere is the right solution, a real ‘win-win’ for everyone,” says Chris Taylor, who speaks on behalf of the Stop Veolia Campaign
The council planners have recommended refusal largely on the grounds of a significant operation with a licence to operate 24/7, and the impact this could have on the amenity value to local residents. This impact has not been assessed by Veolia, and local residents feel their opinions and concerns have been overlooked by the company.
“We have looked at the Veolia plans in the context of Long Leys Road. The impact the huge 40 foot high building they propose, and the noise, light, traffic movements and more that such a building would necessarily generate, would be a disaster for the urban village neighbourhood. As well as that, the building would destroy views of Lincoln Edge and Burton Ridge from West Common, and dominate the landscape with an ugly great shed,” added Taylor.
“It really is time now for Veolia to get serious about this and get out of this important and valuable part of Lincoln’s ‘Green Wedge’. Their plans are simply the wrong development in the wrong place. There are alternatives which everyone can support, and the City Council has done great work in making Veolia aware of them. Veolia cannot say there were no other suitable sites.”