Campaigners fight Mackers Metals scrap yard's new plans for recycling centre

Campaigners fight scrap yard's new plans

Campaigners fight scrap yard's new plans

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CAMPAIGNERS against a scrap metal yard expansion have pledged to continue to fight proposals after fresh plans emerged.

Scrap merchants and car crushers Mackers Metals, in Wrexham Road, Laindon, has submitted a new application to handle recyclable and electrical materials.

Controversial plans were refused by Essex County Council in February last year, amid protests from Basildon Council and a 400- strong petition. Four months ago an appeal against the decision was thrown out.

Now agents have put in new plans which would see the business cease dealing with cars and focus on materials, including metals, cardboard, plastics, hardcore, cans and textiles.

The application states up to 30 lorries a day will travel in and out of the site via Durham Road, equalling 60 movements.

John Scarola, Basildon Labour councillor for Laindon Park, said: “The noise and chaos will be unbelievable.

“There will be 60 lorry movements a day down a residential road which will create all sorts of problems.

“There could be spillage, it backs onto a railway and there could be fires. It would be a danger to pedestrians, motorists and children.”

Since the application first went in, double yellow lines have been painted along Durham Road and Mr Scarola wonders where lorries will wait.

He added: “I am so annoyed about it. This is inappropriate when there’s a nursery and play group opposite.”

The application states waste will be sorted by hand and a small forklift. This means there would be “very limited noise disturbance”

as there will be reduced use of the noisy mechanical grab, used for scrap metal.

It said as the scrap metal and car crushing arm of the business decreases in operation, dealing with other waste materials will increase.

Essex County Councillor for Westley Heights, Ukip’s Kerry Smith, said: “It’s in the wrong place.

“When you get to Durham Road, there’s a width restriction so can you imagine them charging up High Road in Langdon Hills? It would be an accident waiting to happen.

“It’s really unpopular. I have met residents who say they can’t sit in their back gardens in the summer because all they hear is waste being crushed. There is a big problem with noise pollution.”

The application states: “The need for recovery facilities is continually increasing with suitable sites being limited. The applicant is proposing to use its existing premises for the new business which would allow the occupant to diversify.”

Residents can submit their comments on the application on Essex County Council’s website until March 7.

AGENTS for Mackers Metals said the new application offers residents a chance of a better quality of life with less noise.

Mark Stevens, managing director for agents Dovetail, said the offer to cease crushing cars was first mooted to the planning inspectorate when the company took the first refused planning application to appeal.

He added: “Because it didn’t form part of the original application, he had to refuse it. We hope by removing this part of the application it will be approved.

“This application offers a significant benefit to the local community as it will reduce noise. What we are trying to do is in line with the fact the housing isn’t that far away. We are trying to be accommodating even though the scrap yard was there before the houses were.

“If residents object, potentially the existing use will continue so they can make life better for themselves, and to some degree the traffic will be less, because now only one or two cars fit on a lorry, but with scrap you get more on the vehicle.”

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5:32pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.
Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind. Kim Gandy
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6:09pm Fri 21 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Seems like the ideal location, all they are doing, is offering a solution, to the ever increasing problem, of recyclable waste, which needs to be managed.
Seems like the ideal location, all they are doing, is offering a solution, to the ever increasing problem, of recyclable waste, which needs to be managed. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 5

7:38pm Fri 21 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.
problem solved.
next item on the agenda....
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.[/p][/quote]problem solved. next item on the agenda.... DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -2

8:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

It just gets so boring - the NIMBYs always want it somewhere else. But the country needs it..
It just gets so boring - the NIMBYs always want it somewhere else. But the country needs it.. Jack222
  • Score: 1

9:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.
Kim your ignorance never ceases to amaze..Dale Farm is private land...albeit I agree it is indeed brownfield.

But there once was a scrap/breakers yard on Dale Farm before the present owners bought it..one that Basildon council used as such even though it was deemed to be green belt land..the council also dumped landfill onto this land as the previous owner has stated...allegedly asbestos was part of that dumping..which seems to be borne out by the finding of asbestos dug up at the time of, in some cases, the illegal decimation of plots on the land...

Yes indeed, the council ignored high court judgements while demanding the Dale Farm resident adhered to the same!

People who would demand fair play and consideration in all things, would bite their gums if they were aware of the stunts, tricks, obfuscation and shenanigans of the council.. using taxpayers money to save political face..and they are still at it..millions wasted.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.[/p][/quote]Kim your ignorance never ceases to amaze..Dale Farm is private land...albeit I agree it is indeed brownfield. But there once was a scrap/breakers yard on Dale Farm before the present owners bought it..one that Basildon council used as such even though it was deemed to be green belt land..the council also dumped landfill onto this land as the previous owner has stated...allegedly asbestos was part of that dumping..which seems to be borne out by the finding of asbestos dug up at the time of, in some cases, the illegal decimation of plots on the land... Yes indeed, the council ignored high court judgements while demanding the Dale Farm resident adhered to the same! People who would demand fair play and consideration in all things, would bite their gums if they were aware of the stunts, tricks, obfuscation and shenanigans of the council.. using taxpayers money to save political face..and they are still at it..millions wasted. ThisYear
  • Score: 1

11:18pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.
problem solved.
next item on the agenda....
'problem' just started not solved..the land is private.

'agenda'? You? make me laugh..
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.[/p][/quote]problem solved. next item on the agenda....[/p][/quote]'problem' just started not solved..the land is private. 'agenda'? You? make me laugh.. ThisYear
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.
For someone who expends an awful lot of time and energy on the comments section of this newspaper's website lambasting people for online bullying/provocation etc., this post is almost ironically laughable in its deliberate anti traveller bigotry and provocativeness.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.[/p][/quote]For someone who expends an awful lot of time and energy on the comments section of this newspaper's website lambasting people for online bullying/provocation etc., this post is almost ironically laughable in its deliberate anti traveller bigotry and provocativeness. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

4:34pm Sat 22 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.
For someone who expends an awful lot of time and energy on the comments section of this newspaper's website lambasting people for online bullying/provocation etc., this post is almost ironically laughable in its deliberate anti traveller bigotry and provocativeness.
Kim is blind to her hypocrisy..as she is to most of her faults..
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Move it to Dale Farm. There's a spare brownfield site there. I'm sure those parked up nearby won't mind.[/p][/quote]For someone who expends an awful lot of time and energy on the comments section of this newspaper's website lambasting people for online bullying/provocation etc., this post is almost ironically laughable in its deliberate anti traveller bigotry and provocativeness.[/p][/quote]Kim is blind to her hypocrisy..as she is to most of her faults.. ThisYear
  • Score: 4

6:03pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Ed Woods says...

Yet again the comments section of a story on the Echo site get dragged to comments about travellers who have nothing whatsoever to do with the original story.

Is Ms Gandy still UKIP?
Yet again the comments section of a story on the Echo site get dragged to comments about travellers who have nothing whatsoever to do with the original story. Is Ms Gandy still UKIP? Ed Woods
  • Score: 4

6:11pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Ed Woods wrote:
Yet again the comments section of a story on the Echo site get dragged to comments about travellers who have nothing whatsoever to do with the original story.

Is Ms Gandy still UKIP?
They're too far to the left for her I think.
[quote][p][bold]Ed Woods[/bold] wrote: Yet again the comments section of a story on the Echo site get dragged to comments about travellers who have nothing whatsoever to do with the original story. Is Ms Gandy still UKIP?[/p][/quote]They're too far to the left for her I think. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

10:53pm Sat 22 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Ed Woods wrote:
Yet again the comments section of a story on the Echo site get dragged to comments about travellers who have nothing whatsoever to do with the original story.

Is Ms Gandy still UKIP?
Think she was drummed out...
[quote][p][bold]Ed Woods[/bold] wrote: Yet again the comments section of a story on the Echo site get dragged to comments about travellers who have nothing whatsoever to do with the original story. Is Ms Gandy still UKIP?[/p][/quote]Think she was drummed out... ThisYear
  • Score: 3

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