Wrong place for waste site

Sir – I read with interest the article in (WHT, November 5) As the local county councillor I have been contacted by many residents angry at the proposal for a waste transfer station on the already congested Burrowfield industrial estate. The proposed site

Sir - I read with interest the article in (WHT, November 5) As the local county councillor I have been contacted by many residents angry at the proposal for a waste transfer station on the already congested Burrowfield industrial estate. The proposed site is at the top of Burrowfield close to the new housing development on Scholars Walk whose residents are concerned about the additional noise and polution that this facility and its traffic will create. The residents of Burrowfield who already suffer from the existing volume of heavy traffic on and off the estate were not originally informed of the proposal which would bring hundreds more heavy goods vehicles past their front doors each week. Although the planning regulations require applications to be considered individually on their own merits the county council has to be aware of the cumulative effect of its decisions and this application (for a site that has been empty for some time) together with a recent permission for another company to increase its HGV traffic fourfold will mean an additional 154 heavy goods vehicle movements each day.

This extra volume of traffic on to Burrowfields via Chequers is unacceptable not only for residents at either end of the industrial estate but also for the nearby primary school and elderly persons' housing. This application will be determined at the next development control committee on November 18 and as the local member I will be opposing it.

Sue Jones, county councillor, Welwyn Garden City South.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter