StopVeolia, the action group that fought to prevent a waste transfer station on Long Leys Road, welcomes Long Leys Residents Association’s (LLRA’s) decision to oppose Veolia, but says it remains very much in business and will work alongside LLRA to defeat the company’s current plans. See http://long-leys.org/llra-announce-opposition-to-veolia-planning-appeal/ for the LLRA statement
Veolia advised local councillors earlier this week that it intends to appeal the February decision, with the aim of reversing the refusal at that time. The company also plans a ‘charm offensive’ offering meetings, visits to company sites, and an open day at Long Leys Road for those who may wish to visit a waste plant.
“If our attitude has changed at all, it has strengthened” says StopVeolia’s Chris Taylor. “We see no valid grounds for an appeal, and fear Veolia is trying to sneak in an altered application under the radar. We will fight this as vigorously as before, as it’s really very simple – we don’t want Veolia here in our Green Wedge, urban village environment. It’s simply an imappropriate development in the middle of our delightful green and pleasant residential area.
“As for meeting them, we spent weeks – as long ago as last November – trying to get the company to talk to us, but they didn’t want to know. Now they’ve lost, they want to talk. We have nothing to say to them, except we fought and won before, and will fight again.
“We learn that our friends in the Long Leys Residents Association have also committed to opposing this appeal, and are delighted to welcome them to the fight. The two organisations (LLRA and StopVeolia) will remain separate and work to their own agendas, but we will speak to each other and support each other as most appropriate.”
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