Waste transfer site rubbished

THE vice-chairman of Wyberton Parish Council has hit out at plans by Lincolnshire County Council for a new waste transfer site in Boston.

Councillors approved the Slippery Gowt Lane site, which will feed waste from the town to an ‘Energy from Waste’ facility in Lincoln, at a meeting last Monday.

Officers at the council claim this is the best location for the plant, and say it will not increase pressure on the transport network, but the parish council’s John Chester said he could not see how that could be the case.

He told The Standard: “We are very concerned about how the traffic will get to Lincoln from the site, which could mean lorries going into Boston, where traffic is already bad, or going all the way to the roundabout at the A16/A17, then to Lincoln.

“Residents are worried that many of the lorries will find a rat run, like some do now, passing weight limits to cut short their trips.”

He added that many large lorries currently use Ralph’s Lane as a thoroughfare.

The council estimates that around 46 vehicles, including 12 articulated lorries, will be visiting the site per day, but highways officers said it would have no adverse effect on traffic in the area, saying that, instead, it will actually reduce traffic movements.

But Mr Chester, who recently retired from waste transport, refused to accept that.

He added: “It’s not in Boston’s interests.

“This was an ideal chance. We could have got rid of all the traffic to the top of Slippery Gowt Lane. This could have gone on the main road.”

Mr Chester said he believed that councillors representing Boston should have voted against the plans, as they were not good for the town.

Coun Lewis Strange, executive member for waste services and green issues, said: “As part of the planning process, local people and other interested organisations including the borough and parish councils, were able to comment on the proposals through the formal public consultation, with only one formal objection received.

“The road and land is already used for industrial purposes similar to this.”