Residents to discuss plan

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RESIDENTS campaigning against plans to build a waste reclamation centre in Leigh are staging a public meeting to discuss new information concerning the development.

The plans, submitted by Atherton-based company JWT Holdings which was bought by Viridor earlier this year, propose building a recycling facility including an office building, vehicle washing bays, workshop and weighbridge on development land at Greenfold Way.

Residents are objecting to the site due to concerns over traffic on the surrounding roads and worries over unpleasant smells emerging from the facility when the doors are kept open.

A public meeting will be held to discuss the latest documents submitted to Wigan Council by the developers, including updated noise and air quality assessments, at The Greyhound Hotel on Tuesday, August 28.

Two previous meetings have been held, with between 80 and 100 people attending.

Bernard Wells, who is leading the campaign, said: “The meeting will give people information about the take-over of the company and also update them on the assessments, especially the noise survey where I do not believe the company’s comparisons are entirely valid. I think it’s ridiculous for the developers to argue that on an open field site 460 HGVs will not make that much different to anybody or that air quality will not be affected.

“If you stand in the middle of the site and look around, and see the houses on three sides, to me it’s clear that the development should not be here. Nobody around the area wants the facility, and I’m constantly getting asked how the campaign is going and when the meetings are.”

The public meeting about the Greenfold Way development will be held at The Greyhound Hotel on Warrington Road, arrive by 7pm for a 7.15 start. The campaigners have also put a petition in the post office on Warrington Road.