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Illegal waste recycling plant is blighting our lives, claim residents

Illegal waste recycling plant is blighting our lives, claim residents

by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

MELLING residents are appealing for help after claiming a waste recycling plant built on greenbelt land without permission, has been ‘blighting their lives for months’.

Maghull East Ward Cllr Tom Hughes has raised fears about the site saying there is noise and dust pollution, an impact on local wildlife and property values in the surrounding area.

He also claimed residents have seen ‘machinery hitting power lines on multiple occasions’.

Cllr Hughes told the Champion: “It has been a constant nightmare for residents who are having to live by a building site with constant noise from an industrial crusher and diggers. 

“There is also the question that trucks and industrial equipment have been using Powderworks Lane which is a partly unadopted road and which is funded by the residents. Who will take responsibility for any damage done? 

“ASC Grab-hire who commission and operate the site applied for retrospective planning permission, which has only escalated the situation. However, upon investigation discrepancies were found in the planning application to Sefton Council which include the site as ‘not visible to road’ and that there is ‘no negligible harm to the environment’. Evidence has already been provided to dispute these claims, but no action has been taken so far.”

Maghull West Ward Cllr Ken Hughes added: “Sefton Council must take action once and for all, over the neglect of the resident concerns and their wellbeing in regards to the Powderworks Lane site and bring this saga to a satisfactory conclusion.”

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are aware of the situation at a waste site located on Powderworks Lane. We would like to reassure residents that their concerns are a priority and our officers are currently in the process of investigating the matter.

“We have received a retrospective planning application which seeks a temporary, two-year consent to use land at Powderworks Lane for storing and grading hardcore material. This is in the process of being assessed against the policies of Sefton’s Local Plan, which sets out the management of new developments. 

“In addition, officers from Environmental Health are currently undertaking an investigation into the complaints made regarding noise and dust from the site. This investigation is ongoing. The responsibility for the enforcement of Health and Safety legislation at the site lies with the Health and Safety Executive.”

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