The public is being urged to make their views known in a bid to stop the Mannings Heath site becoming Dorset’s new waste plant.
There are only two days left to register objections on the Dorset County Council website, in order to stop the development of the Mannings Heath site. Mannings Heath is the area adjacent to Poole’s leisure facility Tower Park and has been identified as a good strategic location for a new waste plant, where general waste including food, will be transported from across Dorset. Businesses in the vicinity feel that despite the need for a waste plant, Mannings Heath is not the appropriate location.
Ben Pratten, managing director, SMD Ltd said: “I was concerned when the ‘Draft Waste Plan’ was proposed identifying Mannings Heath as a viable site. Many residents and businesses in the area share my view as their livelihoods could suffer as a result of the development of the waste plant.
“As a local business owner myself I would seriously consider moving my company from a site that has the potential to cause issues to my workforce and prospective recruitment.”
Currently, the Mannings Heath site is in a state of public consultation, where people affected by the development, including local residents and businesses, have the opportunity to voice their concerns. the public consultation phase deadline is Thursday July 21.
Tom Colbourne, managing director, T.A. Colbourne Projects Limited added: “We urge local residents and businesses, as well as people who regularly visit Tower Park, to consider the effects the new site will have on you and register your objections before the deadline this week.”
There are concerns that if Mannings Heath site was to become Dorset’s waste plant, lorry movements to the area would increase to at least 100 per day.
It is also argued that as Mannings Heath is on elevated land behind Poole’s leisure facility Tower Park, the plant would increase odour across the area, the pest population and the risk of fire as well as having a negative visual impact on the area.
To register objections, visit www.dorsetforyou.com/waste-plan, and click on ‘Waste Consultation Portal’ situated in the middle of this page. The council will also accept telephone and e-mail objections.
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