Locals mount campaign to oppose hazardous waste facility plans in North Hykeham

Hundreds of people in Hykeham have been rallying together to stop a proposed hazardous waste facility coming to the area.

The Hykeham Anti-Asbestos group was set up after Lincolnshire County Council approved for the facility on Boundary Lane that could handle up to 10 tonnes of asbestos a day from GBM Management.

Earlier this year over 200 people from the community gathered at a meeting in Hykeham and the group has since then launched a website and have posted over 6,500 leaflets in the area.

A map of where the site intends to be. Photo: Hykeham Anti-Asbestos Group Facebook

Campaigners believe that in 2008 Lincolnshire County Council refused planning permission for a waste transfer site near 2017’s proposed location due to environmental concerns.

Furthermore, council officers raised concerns regarding issues with traffic and health issues for the site this year, however it was still approved.

If the site goes ahead, it intends to be open six days a week and will include 150 vehicle movements, which include heavy goods vehicles.

A spokesperson for the group, said: “We are determined to protect the health of our village natural environment, our children and our businesses.

“There have been several very bad road traffic accidents on Boundary Lane in recent times, many involving HGVs. This road feeds in to Newark Road, which is already incredibly busy with a new Lidl store and soon a new Co-op store.”

Executive Member for Commercial and Environment Management, Councillor Eddy Poll, said: “The application seeking planning permission to allow hazardous waste to be brought to an existing waste transfer station went through the correct planning process and we received numerous representations from members of the local community.

“These comments were drawn to the attention of the planning committee, and we continue to listen to and respond appropriately to local residents’ concerns about how this decision was reached.

For more information you can visit the Hykeham Anti-Asbestos Facebook page, or visit their website.