MP urges council to consider alternative sites for South Molton Recycle
Geoffrey Cox, Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon, met residents of East the Water to discuss their concerns over the proposal to relocate South Molton Recycle’s main depot to the area.
Alongside Councillor Mervyn Langmead, the MP viewed the proposed site to see first-hand the potential impact the recycling plant is likely to have if it is moved there. He also spent time walking round the area and talking to local residents to learn about their concerns.
Geoffrey Cox said: “I have spent the morning speaking to residents in East the Water and visiting the homes of those who will be affected, if the proposal to site South Molton Recycle’s main depot at the old Torridge Training Services site in Gammaton Road goes ahead.
“Many residents are elderly or families with young children and their homes are within a few feet of the proposed recycling centre. The roads are narrow and the centre would be right within a densely populated residential area. I therefore fully understand the deep concern that they have expressed to me at the proposal itself, the speed with which it is contemplated that the consultation and decision will be undertaken, and the failure to alert more than a tiny number of residents who will experience its impact,” he said.
“In my view what is needed is a strategic view of available sites, unrestricted by artificial conditions, and for this flawed and unsuitable proposal to be suspended pending that review, which should be carried out by representatives of the county and district councillors along with South Molton Recycle.
“I have again written to Devon County Council in light of my visits today to urge the council officers to undertake urgent discussions with South Molton Recycle as to alternative sites.”
(from a press release)