MORE than 2,200 people have signed a petition opposing the development of Green Belt land in South Warrington earmarked for huge logistic hubs for Eddie Stobart and Langtree.
Appleton Thorn Parish Cllr Gerry Palmer, who presented the petition to the Mayor of Warrington Cllr Wendy Johnson, ahead of the Stobart planning application which is due to be heard tomorrow, (Wednesday) said: “This petition of 2,238 signatures shows how concerned local residents are about the impact of Stobart’s and Langtree on the community.
“They will have a detrimental effect on so many aspects of our lives in Warrington. We already have the worst record for small particulates in the whole of the United Kingdom and it can only be worsened by developing Warrington’s economy even further into logistics and transportation.
“Our already congested roads will be flooded with thousands more HGV and van movements every day.
“Local residents will have to live with the noise, the pollution and the lack of amenity 24/7, 365 days a year. We feel that our views have fallen on deaf ears so far and we have few other options open to us.
“This petition is just a reminder to WBC that we intend to fight these developments on protected Green Belt land tooth and nail.”
The Stobart’s planning application will be heard by members of the Development Control Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, at the town hall at 6.30pm.
Officers are once again recommending it for approval, despite more than 1,100 written letters of objection from local residents.
Warrington South MP Faisal Rashid, Conservative PPC Andy Carter and Lib Dem PPC are also putting on a united front opposing the application.
But officers say there are enough special circumstances for the plan to be approved.