CONTROVERSIAL plans for a concrete recycling depot on Hayling Island have been withdrawn after huge opposition.
But Brenchley Civil Engineering Ltd plans to resubmit scaled-down plans and has moved to allay islanders’ fears about traffic, noise, and dust.
As reported, the Farlington-based firm had applied to Hampshire County Council to convert part of Howard’s Yard, a former car scrappage site off Mill Rythe Lane, into a depot.
The company carries out highway repairs across Hampshire and West Sussex.
Scores of people went to a residents’ meeting last month and more meetings were planned to mount a campaign against the plans.
But Brenchley will now remove the construction training centre from the proposals – one aspect that was causing concerns about noise.
Ian Murray, agent for the application, said the plans had been ‘blown out of proportion’ by many.
An open day has been organised where residents can see the recycling machine that would be used.
The machines takes material that has been dug out from a hole in the road or pavement, crushes it and then the material is used to refill the hole.
Mr Murray said: ‘We plan to show the public what the machine is and take away that fear.
‘It’s a fear that this is going to be a great big crushing depot. That’s not what it is at all.
‘It will take up about 10 per cent of the yard.
‘The main use is as a depot for vehicles coming in and going out to fulfil contracts.’
Mr Murray said he understood residents’ concerns about traffic as Hayling only has one access road.
But he said: ‘What need to be taken into account is that site has unrestricted use as a vehicle and scrap metal depot.
‘At any one point in time, there were 1,500 cars in that yard.
‘They were being crushed, taken out daily and brought back into the depot.’
But Gill Wrixon, who lives near the proposed site in Havant Road, said: ‘We are waiting to see really. I think any heavy lorries or concrete crushing is not what the area is designed for.’
The open day takes place in Mill Rythe Lane on Saturday, January 18, from 11am to 3pm.