We will appeal pumping station decision
ANGRY residents in Kingswood have criticised Hull City Council for giving the green light to a new pumping station on the estate.
Yorkshire Water's controversial plans for the facility in Selset Way were approved at a planning meeting last week, but now locals have vowed to appeal the decision.
People living close to the site fought against the proposals from the beginning and received support from Lord Mayor Danny Brown.
Councillor Brown submitted a written objection to the council and was shocked to hear those concerns had not been part of the meeting.
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"I didn't find out that my objection was not aired at the meeting until I got back into the country," he said.
"I sent my objection to the planning committee and received a response saying they had got it.
"As ward councillor for the area, I am sure my views would have had some affect on the thinking of other councillors on the committee.
"I am not sure whether it would have meant a different result, but you never know."
Joseph Noir, of Selset Way, spoke at the meeting and believes councillors would have listened to Cllr Brown's advice.
"This objection from the Lord Mayor could have had a big effect on the outcome," he said.
"You could see there were a few councillors who did not know which way to vote, so to leave the views of one of the city's leading figures out of the meeting is scandalous."
An initial planning application was rejected last year due to concerns over the impact on residents nearby, including noise levels and visual appearance.
Yorkshire Water then submitted fresh proposals, which included reducing the height of the building by 3ft and including windows in the exterior walls.
Three other sites in close proximity were looked at as possible alternatives but the water company highlighted four key reasons why the station needed to be built at the proposed location – reservoir safety, reduced site capacity, discharge to the river and the conservation area.
Cllr Brown said the approval of the plans will be appealed if possible.
"I am sure residents will want to appeal this decision if they can and I will continue to support them," he said.
"I saw no reason why it couldn't have been moved to a different site and limit the impact on residents.
"I certainly wouldn't like to open my curtains in the morning to the huge building."