Campaigners welcome move to divert heavy tankers away from Bournemouth community (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Campaigners welcome move to divert heavy tankers away from Bournemouth community
CAMPAIGNERS concerned about the number of heavy tankers trundling through their community have welcomed moves to divert traffic along a new access road.
Plans to build a new access road to the sludge treatment centre at Berry Hill in Throop were approved by Bournemouth council’s planning committee, which felt it would reduce traffic nuisance through Throop Village.
But the application also needs to be approved by Dorset County Council’s planning committee before any new access road can be built.
They will have to consider the impact on Hurn and Parley, which will bear the brunt of additional traffic.
The site is a long-established sludge treatment centre but has gradually grown into the largest facility in South East Dorset for treating sludge waste and converting it into ‘cake’ which is used as fertiliser and for fuel.
Cllr Ron Whittaker, Independent councillor for Throop and Muscliff, said he was “delighted” with the decision.
“It’s taken nearly four years of hard work to get to this point,” he said.
“Over the years we have received lots of complaints about the tankers going through there. The tankers have got bigger over the years and we now get up to 30 per day arriving from all parts of Dorset. All through an area where there are hundreds of primary school children – it’s madness. When Berry Hill was designed it was never designed to take all this traffic. If we were to build it now would we put it there? I doubt it.”
Wessex Water, who submitted the planning application, has also agreed to contribute £138,000 towards improving public access from Throop and North Bournemouth to Hurn and Parley.
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