SCORES of people turned out for a public meeting on the future of a former scrapyard.
A planning application has been submitted by Brenchley Civil Engineering to turn Howard’s Yard, off Mill Rythe Lane, in Hayling, into a storage area for lorries with a recycling machine for some of the materials that are dug up during roadworks.
But there is fierce opposition to the plans over fears of noise and heavy traffic.
Terry Worrall, chairman of the Hayling Island Community Network organised the meeting on Saturday to discuss the plans, which have already been submitted.
Mr Worrall said: ‘This is something we do not want on Hayling.
‘Secondary to the noise, my primary concern is the level of traffic that it will generate on a road that was not built to take these heavy vehicles.
‘The junction they will have to come in and out of (Havant Road and Mill Rythe Lane) is not adequate. It needs a mini-roundabout or traffic lights.
‘If there is any sort of breakdown or accident on Havant Road it’s gridlocked. This will cause very big problems.’
But Ian Murray, the agent for Brenchley, said the concerns are not as widespread as it would appear.
He said: ‘At our last public meeting I would say 85 to 90 per cent of people who had seen the application were satisfied.
‘We brought the machinery out to show them exactly how it would sound and how loud it would be and they were satisfied with that.
‘There was a hardcore of people who still were not happy but they probably never will be.’
Brenchley has a depot at Farlington and carries out highway repairs. The company withdrew the original plans following residents’ opposition.
The current plans for will involve 18 lorries leaving the depot between 6.30am and 7am, and returning between 4pm and 5pm at night.
Half the land has been sold to Hayling Yacht Company for vehicle and boat storage.
Any comments on the plan should be made to Hampshire County Council.