4R Proposal Swinefleet
As I promised residents, I recently met with 4R who are behind the controversial potential planning application in Swinefleet. Many residents turned up to the recent consultation event, as did representatives from my office.
Sadly, I was unable to attend and therefore undertook to meet 4R myself to express my reservations about their proposed operation and the concerns of local residents.
I had a very civil meeting with representatives of 4R but it is fair to say we had to agree to differ about the impact of this potential operation and the appropriateness of the site proposed.
The crux of 4R’s argument was that there is a local need for their product and that the site they have selected already had permissions in place which allow it to be used for operations which can already have an impact on local residents.
I take a slightly different view and expressed this to them, particularly the impact that their operation could have from a transport point of view. With up to 32 HGV movements a day through Old Goole and Swinefleet as part of this operation, it is clear that there could be quite an impact on local residents.
I explained to 4R that we have had more than our fair share of disruption locally, not least with the construction of so many wind farms in the area and many of us feel there has already been enough industrialisation of our rural area from these.
I made very clear that residents are very concerned about an increase in HGVs and concerns about what some of these could be carrying and also when these movements would take place.
In short, we had a very civil meeting but I made clear to them that my job was to represent the concerns of local residents and that I would be doing just that if and when this progresses to a full application. Those concerns are legitimate and I will ensure that residents are kept fully updated.