Council investigates quarry concerns

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 May 2014

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AN INVESTIGATION into Worle residents' concerns over a waste recycling company expanding its business has been launched by North Somerset Council.

Penfold Trade & Co has asked the authority for permission to change the use of two-and-a-half acres at the site, in Lower Kewstoke Road, from industrial use to a waste materials recycling centre.

The Mercury reported earlier this year the company currently operates a three acre-site at the quarry but plans to ‘bring more business’ to the area, having recently purchased the extra land.

Conservation officer for the bird welfare charity RSPB, Helene Jessop, has commented on the planning application and said ‘appropriate consideration’ should be taken regarding the quarry’s peregrine falcons.

She said: “This species roosts here and the RSPB has been informed by a local resident that breeding has taken place regularly for a number of years. There was no mention of this protected species in the application form.”

Ms Jessop also added it would be difficult to say if the birds would be disturbed by increased noise.

The application states the opening hours will be Monday to Friday from 8am-7pm and Saturday from 8am-4pm and Penfold’s environment manager Scott McKenzie has said the aim is to bring the site up to ‘a more modern standard’. However, Weston Town Council has lodged an objection to the expansion plan.

The authority says: “The application appears to be retrospective in that industrial traffic is already evident which is causing air pollution and noise disruption which is spoiling the amenity of the area for residents.”

Concerns were also raised at the latest North Worle Forum meeting, where residents were advised to log any issues with the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.

North Somerset Council has confirmed the application is still under consideration and planning officers are investigating the issues raised by the objections.

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