Villagers oppose plans for waste recycling centre

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 June 2010

VILLAGERS in Dunkeswell are up in arms over plans to change the use of a light industrial unit to a waste recycling centre.

VILLAGERS in Dunkeswell are up in arms over plans to change the use of a light industrial unit to a waste recycling centre.Tom Dunn Limited is seeking permission to use units at Westerhope Farm for the recycling of non-hazardous materials, including tyres, metal, textiles, polythene and wood, using baling, shredding and screening methods.The company says materials being recycled are non-putrescible as well as non-hazardous, and that they will be kept in their original form throughout the recovery process without any chemical alterations.Parish and district councillors held a site meeting at the premises last week. District councillor Bob Buxton was among them.Stuart Proctor, 42, and his wife Martine, 40, live close to the business."I'm absolutely gutted that this has been allowed to develop in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty," said Mrs Proctor. "The road just isn't suitable; it's a single lane."The Proctors, along with their neighbours, are concerned the business could operate on a 24-hour basis, for at least part of the week.Tom Dunn's application, however, offers a reassurance, stating lorry movements would be approximately 20 a day, between 8am and 5pm.One of the Proctors' neighbours, who asked not to be named, said: "I'm not happy about the situation."We never suspected in a million years we would end up with something like this on our doorstep."Mr Proctor says lorries are entering the site from 5am. "They are 45ft, 44 ton lorries and they have been coming up and down our lane like London buses," he told the Herald."The entrance to the site goes between two houses, where they struggle to get in. We feel this is totally unacceptable and dangerous, as we have small children and the noise and disruption is really bad."It's been going on for around five months and we have been complaining to the council."This is at the end of our garden and it will be hell for us."A spokesperson for East Devon District Council said: "The operators of this site have submitted an application to Devon County Council for permission to conduct a recycling business, and EDDC has been asked to comment as a statutory consultee."The Herald has been unable to contact Tom Dunn Limited for a comment.

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