THURROCK has had enough of being London’s rubbish bin.
That was the stark message to come from a meeting of the Borough Council’s planning committee last week when councillors rounded on an application by tip operators Cory Environmental to extend the life of Mucking Tip reports the Thurrock Enquirer.
Last month it was reported that Cory was asking Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (DC) to allow it to continue capping the existing landfill site for another five years because it was unable to find the materials to do the job now.
The extension would mean thousands of additional lorry trips on the borough’s roads. The DC are yet to meet to decide on the matter, but last week asked Thurrock’s planning councillors for their views.
The answer was a resounding no!
Leading the protest, with an emotional speech, was East Tilbury’s veteran councillor Barry Palmer. He said: “I wish to object most strongly. Since operating with planning permission given by Essex County Council in 1986 Cory Environmental have repeatedly failed to comply with successive extension deadlines, applying each time for yet more extensions at the eleventh hour.
“This latest application is very frustrating and devastating news for the residents of East Tilbury ward and part of Stanford-le-Hope West who are looking forward to the end of tipping activities at Mucking which have brought so much blight and misery to the area from the stench, dust and flies emanating from the site’s activities and the danger, intimidation and damage by HGV movements to and from the site for 30 years.
“The access to this site is via Walton Hall Road, that was once a quiet country lane.
“Ancient hedgerows along this road fronting listed properties have needed unsightly motorway steel bollards and barrier to protect them from the ongoing destruction. Enough is enough.
“I call on the Development Corporation to please recommend refusal for this latest planning application and insist Cory are held to their present permissions, sparing local people and the environment a further five years of misery.”
Cllr Palmer was backed by colleagues on the committee, with Cllr Gerard Rice saying: “I am absolutely appalled by this company.
“They have had a fair crack of the whip and East Tilbury and Linford have suffered for far too long.
“I hope in the dying days of the Development Corporation they back up this Council because of the misery this site causes.”
Councillors agreed to inform the Corporation, which has less than a year to operate itself before merging with the Council, that Thurrock Council would not support a continuation of tipping.
The mood was summed up by committee chairman Cllr Terry Hipsey who concluded: “Eighty years of being London’s dumping ground is enough.”