Since March 2016 I’ve been working on behalf of residents living near Bankwood Lane, Rossington, with Doncaster Council (DMBC) planning department, the Environment Agency, Rossington Parish Council and Labour ward councillors, to resolve the ongoing problems on and surrounding the Bankwood Lane estate in Rossington.
For too long, residents of Rossington have endured high numbers of lorries travelling through the village, unpleasant smells coming from both lorries and recycling plants and plagues of flies.
Both companies on Bankwood Lane had been found to be in breach of several of their planning conditions and had plans to improve their fly management plans, stockpile sizes and the length of time waste is kept on site.
I have even taken the case to Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, who oversees the work of the Environment Agency to raise residents’ concerns.
Following that meeting, the Environment Agency agreed to follow up a list of concerns, increase their contact with local residents, undertake more unannounced site visits, and work more closely with Doncaster MBC planning department.
Recently, significant steps have been taken to improve the situation. Morris Metals have installed a more thorough fly management plan that seems to be working from recent inspections.
Planning application 18/00548/FULM has been submitted to DMBC’s planning department. The new plans include a new link road into Bankwood Lane, and a new lorry park. As the proposed plan is a departure from Doncaster Council’s policy due to the proposed lorry and car park being on greenbelt land, it must be referred to the Secretary of State to ratify. I will press for the plan to be approved.
This plan will be considered at the Planning Committee on xx June 2018. Should this be approved, it should dramatically reduce the number of HGVs travelling through residential areas of Rossington. The park, being further away from the residential housing, will also help to improve cleanliness/unpleasant odours.
The Environment Agency cannot police this on their own, they have asked local residents to report any problems to their 24-hour hotline on 0800 80 70 60.
I will be following the progress of the application (which has been cautiously accepted by local residents) and asked to be kept up to date by DMBC on any further details that come to light.
I will keep residents advised.