Councillor warns: “Lagoon battle is not over yet”

Wyberton Parish Council objecting to a plannnig application to construct a lagoon-based leachate system at Boston Landfill Site.
Wyberton Parish Council objecting to a plannnig application to construct a lagoon-based leachate system at Boston Landfill Site.

Residents have been warned that their fight to stop a ‘smelly’ lagoon at Boston’s tip is not over yet - despite the plans being withdrawn.

FCC Environment had hoped to build a facility to treat leachate – the liquid that runs off rubbish – at the Slippery Gowt Lane centre.

The plan – which would have seen waste from King’s Lynn and Skegness brough into Boston – drew criticism from residents, who feared the potential smell and the impact of extra traffic.

The firm withdrew the scheme before it even came before Lincolnshire County Council’s planning committee but one Wyberton parish councillor says it is not time to celebrate, with FCC open to re-submit plans at a later date.

Vice chairman John Chester told The Standard: “A lady said to me ‘we’ve won’ but we haven’t won at all.

“This is not a victory at all.

“It has been withdrawn but that doesn’t stop them putting it in again. It could come back.”

FCC had promised the site would not have a negative impact on nearby residents – but the parish council disagreed.

Coun Chester said: “It would be a disaster. They say it would be well-designed and wouldn’t leak but they design aeroplanes well but that doesn’t stop the odd one falling out of the sky.

“We are keeping an eye on it because this is the worst thing that could ever happen to us around here.”

Councillors said they were also concerned that the plan was unsuitable as it would have been near a number of food factories.

An FCC spokesman said: “After careful consideration FCC Environment has decided to withdraw its planning application for leachate storage and treatment lagoons at Boston Landfill Site.

“An amended application may be made in the future, but no firm decision has been made or timescales agreed.”