VIDEO: ORFORD Councillor Mike Hannon has voiced his fears at controversial proposals to create a Waste Transfer Station along the gateway to Warrington on Winwick Road.
Cllr Hannon, who is opposing plans by Warrington Borough Council to create the Waste Transfer Station on land next to Winwick Road Skip Hire, fears up to 100 extra vehicle movements a day on the already busy road.
Together with local residents who are opposing the planning application, there are also fears the site will create health hazards and vermin.
Cllr Hannon says the council, who are seeking to save money by creating the facility instead of paying to use one at Widnes, are putting money before peoples’ safety.
He said: “I believe this is more about revenue saving than the environment – not enough thought has been given by the council to the impact it will have on the A49. There will be an extra 100 lorries a day and whichever direction they come from they will have to pass the site once and then pass it again when leaving.
“The site is also too close to residential property. Waste will have to be left overnight and that will lead to vermin.
“I understand the reasoning but this is not the right site for the operation.”
Cllr Hannon also raised concerns about the “official” turning site for vehicles being the Cockhedge roundabout more than a mile away from the site.