Fury as Thornton waste plans delayed again

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Residents opposing a planning bid to extend operations at a waste recycling plant have been left angry and disappointed after yet another delay.

People living near the Lancashire Waste Recycling plant at Burn Hall, based in Thornton, will now have to wait until April 8 to find out if it gets permission to make changes to itys operating conditions.

Planning officers at Lancashire County Council have asked for more time to look at submissions related to the bid and bosses at the site said 
today said they too were disappointed at the delay.

The original application was due to be decided on January 21 but that was postponed until February 25.

Lancashire Waste has applied to the county council to increase the waste company’s hours by two hours each day, Monday to Friday, and also operate on Sundays for a seven day week schedule.

The firm, which converts landfill waste into fuel which can be used to power manufacturing plants, also wants to be able to keep the plant doors open to allow trucks in and out more easily.

Residents in Springfield Terrace and the owners of the nearby Cala Gran holiday park oppose the plans because of fears of excessive noise, traffic and smells.

Jayne Mushet, general manager at Cala Gran holiday park, said: “We are bitterly disappointed with this further delay and the potential 
impact on the new holiday season which begins next month.

“Tourism is bound to suffer and this will impact on both Cala Gran and the local business community.”

Paul Mellor, managing director of Lancashire Waste Recycling, said: “We are similarly frustrated and disappointed the planning decision has been pushed back once again.

“We stand by our commitment to be a better neighbour and have invested over £1m 
in improvements on-site to help ensure this, and that we have as little impact as possible on any neighbouring properties.”

Jim Entwistle, operations director, said: “These improvements have come as part of our wider £8m investment into the project.

“We employ more than 30 staff, many of them from the local area, and provide crucial skilled and semi-skilled job to the Fylde area.

“We also provide a valuable £3m injection into the economy, and transformed a formerly derelict part of the industrial estate into a significant economic asset.”

Coun John Warnock, of Mount Ward, Fleetwood, said: “The new delay is disappointing but it will give the county planners more chance to look properly at the whole issue in detail.”