Battle goes on to dump waste plans at Ingrebourne Hill
PUBLISHED: 08:45 25 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:45 25 November 2015
Controversial plans to dump waste and double the size of Rainham’s Ingrebourne Hill will be considered again next month.
The appeal hearing comes a year after Ingrebourne’s Valley Ltd plan to use inert waste, such as sand and concrete, to remodel the green space was rejected by Havering Council.
A public hearing will take place on December 17 and councillors and residents are planning to stage a protest in front of Romford Town Hall to object.
The planning application was refused by Havering Council as members felt it would create “noise, dust, visual impact and reduce air quality” for residents living close by and wildlife in the adjacent Ingrebourne Marshes.
The planning committee was also concerned that the work would require a high number of lorries to drive in and out of the area, causing congestion.
Cllr Graham Williamson (South Hornchurch, Independent residents’ group) has called on those living in Rainham Road or with children going to the nearby La Salette Catholic Primary School to attend the hearing as witnesses.
“We really need their help,” he said.
“Local residents know the area and how busy that road is – more traffic is going to be a nightmare and it would mean a lorry every three minutes.
“It seems the company is just going to have a second bite at the cherry but it’s the people who will have to pay the price.”
Cllr Williamson believes traffic to the site would be heavy early in the morning and from the middle of the afternoon, when roads are already very busy.
He said there was also “a safety aspect” to consider around La Salette school, Rainham Road, where children cross the roads and pavements are narrow.
The proposed works will increase the size of Ingrebourne Hill, a large community woodland landscaped out of inert waste, by depositing hundreds of thousands of tonnes of materials such as sand and concrete on green belt land.
After 30 months of work, the deposited waste would create a link between Ingrebourne Hill and Hornchurch Country Park.
Ingrebourne Valley Ltd has been contacted for a comment.
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