The LLRA committee met on Thursday 6th July to discuss the news that Veolia intend to appeal against the 6 February 2017 decision to refuse planning permission for a waste transfer station at their Long Leys Road site.
Since Veolia’s original application was refused, the Residents’ Association has not been approached by Veolia or provided with any information on their future plans. Nothing has changed that would materially change the strength of feeling demonstrated against Veolia by residents in February 2017. On this basis the LLRA has a clear mandate from the community to oppose this development and the appeal. The proposed development is inappropriate in a primarily residential area and will have an unacceptable impact on the amenity of nearby residents.
On the 6th July, in an email to the LLRA to inform of Veolia’s intention to appeal, Veolia announced an intention to circulate “an update to local residents and neighbouring businesses shortly. We also intend to provide opportunities for interested parties to visit our site at an open day later this month or tour an existing Veolia waste transfer station that undertakes similar activities.”
The LLRA will engage with any such activities and act as a conduit for the community to hear what Veolia wish to say to the local community. We hope Veolia also recognises that communication is a two way process.
The LLRA will be writing to the Planning Inspectorate, to remind them of the strength of feeling in the community and if Veolia do appeal we will be seeking re-assurance that the Inspectorate will listen to residents concerns by offering the right to have our say in a public hearing.
It is disappointing that, five months after the original planning decision, Veolia have still yet to engage with Lincoln City Council to explore options on the alternative sites they have been offered. The LLRA intends to actively work with other stakeholders, including the City and County Councils as well as our newly elected MP, to find a satisfactory solution for residents.
This statement is issued on behalf of the LLRA by Jon Davies LLRA Secretary
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