Devonshire Town Residents Up in Arms Over Proposed Landfill Site Amid Traffic and Environmental Concerns

Devonshire Town Residents Up in Arms Over Proposed Landfill Site Amid Traffic and Environmental Concerns

Residents of Tiverton, a quaint town in Devonshire, are voicing their anger and frustration over plans to establish a landfill site that would accommodate 350,000 tonnes of construction rubble.

Waste disposal company Decharge Ltd has submitted an application to the council, seeking permission to build the landfill near residential areas, sparking a fierce backlash from locals.

Concerns Over Traffic and Environmental Impact

The proposed landfill site, located just three-quarters of a mile from homes, has raised significant concerns among residents, particularly regarding increased traffic and potential environmental repercussions.

Documents reveal that 40-tonne HGV lorries could be traversing the estate’s narrow roads as frequently as every 7.5 minutes, causing disruptions and safety hazards for the community.

Opposition to the Plans and Allegations

Local opposition to the landfill plans is not merely about ‘nimbyism,’ according to residents.

While acknowledging the need for waste disposal, they are apprehensive about the traffic congestion and fear that the site could eventually be used for hazardous materials, including nuclear waste, an allegation denied by the council.

Community Outcry and Action

Residents, including Andy Fields and Karl, have passionately voiced their opposition to the landfill, citing concerns about its impact on wildlife, noise pollution, and the idyllic nature of their town.

A Residents Against Greenway Landfill action group has been formed, with fundraising efforts underway to challenge the plans with professional assistance.

Awaiting Decision and Council Response

The landfill plans have progressed to the second stage and are awaiting feedback from consultees before being deliberated by Devon County Council’s Development Management Committee on April 24.

Despite assurances from Decharge Ltd regarding traffic management, residents and local officials remain skeptical about the potential risks and implications of the proposed landfill.

Council and Company Responses

While Decharge Ltd maintains that the proposed site will be for inert waste only, Devon County Council emphasizes that it will not include nuclear waste.

The final decision on the landfill site rests with the council’s development management committee, with no confirmed date for a resolution. MailOnline’s attempts to reach Decharge Ltd for further comment remain unanswered.

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