Caroline Flint and ward councillors have vowed to keep the pressure on a Rossington waste management company to clean up its act and take HGVs off residential roads.
The Don Valley MP convened a meeting with Environment Agency representatives to allow parish councillors to express their concerns and to discuss options following longstanding problems with waste and recycling firm Attero – now rebranded as Eco-Power Environmental.
The concerns raised by the MP, ward councillors, parish councillors and residents include:
- Large stockpiles of waste around the site, off Bankwood lane Rossington.
- HGV lorries queueing onto residential roads; and parking in a temporary car park.
- Lack of transparency about the amount of waste processed on the site.
- Alleged use of the site beyond the permitted hours.
- Pollution affecting residents from lorry movements; dust; odours and flies.
- The lack of effective enforcement in relation to the company’s activities – after the Environment Agency increased its permitted volume of waste to 200,000 tonnes per year.
The company has applied to the Environment Agency to increase its tonnage to 400,000 tonnes per annum. This followed the approval by Doncaster MBC’s Planning Committee in November 2018 of plans to build new units to contain waste and a new link road to the Great Yorkshire Way.
Said Caroline: “We are determined that any greater volume of recycling must be dependent on the completion of the access road; the management of waste to minimise impact on residents; and the movement of lorries to new parking area. Crucially, we want to see the new road in place to an end the large number of HGVs on residential roads.”