Gilberdyke residents fight landfill site's expansion bid
PEOPLE living in the shadow of a rubbish tip have launched a petition against its expansion.
Gilberdyke landfill site has previously grown to more than double its permitted height of 14m.
Operator City Plant Ltd had to reduce it after facing enforcement action from the Environment Agency.
Now the company has applied to East Riding Council to retrospectively change the planning permission. About 100 residents have signed a petition against the plans.
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Chairman of the local parish council Roy Hunt described the waste firm’s proposed change as “ludicrous”.
He said he hopes the council will take villagers seriously.
East Riding Council’s planning committee is likely to discuss the new proposal in December.
The Environment Agency confirmed City Plant had reduced the height of the waste following an enforcement notice in February.
The tip’s permitted height granted in its planning permission is believed to be lower than that required by the Environment Agency.
East Riding Councillor Paul Robinson, representing How- denshire, believes the application should be rejected.
He said: “This is, in many respects, a retrospective application because the tip is almost full, to levels way above the presently consented height.
“The application seeks to regularise the current levels, change the landscaping plans, install electricity generators to utilise the landfill gas and try to fix the surface water run-off.
“I accept we are where we are with the height and volume of the tip but how the site is finished and left is of critical importance and in my opinion the application has serious flaws.
“It is now time for East Riding Council and the Environment Agency to work closely together to ensure the tip is left safe for years to come and will not create ongoing problems for Gilberdyke and Newport.”
Mr Robinson says he wants to see a string of concerns addressed before the application is allowed to proceed. One of his main fears is for the health of people living in the immediate area.
He said: “I would like to request that all the potential health risks of the site in both the short and long term must be assessed or appropriately scrutinised by independent health service professionals.”
He suggested the health professional should be engaged by East Riding Council in consultation with the local parish councils, and the cost “preferably met by City Plant Ltd”.
Nobody from tip operator City Plant was available to comment on the planning application.